Man ruined by Australian dating agency

Martin Zavan, ninemsn
2:53pm January 8, 2013

A New Zealand man who sought love via an Australian dating agency after the death of his wife was left penniless after he was fleeced of more than $630,000 by the company.

Alan Young, from the Taranaki region on the country’s North Island, signed up with True Love Corp in 2006 after his wife died of cancer. By January 2007 he had formed a relationship and become engaged to a Gold Coast woman he had met through the agency.

During their relationship, Mr Young spent over $318,000 on the woman, who he knew as Angie Jovic, including $95,000 he borrowed from his mother.

But Ms Jovic’s behaviour became unusual in 2008. She failed to meet him on a number of occasions and insisted they sleep in separate bedrooms when she visited him.

When Mr Young phoned True Love Corp in 2008, he recognised the voice of the woman who answered the phone as his fiancée, but she identified herself as Hollie Veall, a co-director of the agency.

In November, the NSW Supreme Court ruled that former True Love bosses, husband and wife Zivko and Helen Dimitrijevski, pay compensation of $1.1 million to the clients they exploited.

Ms Veall was also ordered to pay $342,000.

The agency’s directors were ordered to pay Mr Young $683,000, but he may not receive any of the money he is owed as they are now bankrupt.

He now lives with his daughter on the Sunshine Coast.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Author: Martin Zavan, Approving Editor: Fiona Willan


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