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West Palm Beach Doctor Claims His Much Younger Polish Love Interest Swiped His Debit Card

Joseph Serian was used to the duck-face pout of the young twenty-something girls on Match.com. They were half his age.

When he messaged them -- and he rarely did -- they never replied. After all, he was a 65-year-old optometrist who moved to West Palm Beach in the mid-80s after six of his bargain contact lens delivery companies went bankrupt in Missouri and Ohio. He had separated from his wife of 21 years (with whom he has two daughters) in 2008. He had been on a few coffee dates with middle-aged women since then, but says the women doted too much on their grandchildren.

Then there was Ania Sobura. According to her profile she was 25, new to the area, and looking to meet new people. There was a black and white photo of her smiling, her index finger seductively hanging from her lower lip. In another shot, she was walking along a beach barefoot and in a short dress with her wavy light brown hair falling around her shoulders. After clicking through her online album, the single doctor sent her a long flirty email. Two months later he would regret doing so.

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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