"He looked bad — his clothes were dirty, he was dirty, he looked like a typical homeless man," said Anastasia Beridze of the Narodna Dopomoha (People's Help) charity.A woman who acknowledges being Yulia says she had been unaware of Dolego's existence during the Internet fling.The woman, who declined to give her last name out of fear of attracting publicity, said in an interview with the AP that someone had hacked into her account on an Internet dating site and had been communicating with Dolego on her behalf, charging Dolego for those e-mails. Yulia, a 29-year-old doctor by training, said that after she found out what happened to Dolego, she paid him a visit to express her sympathy.

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Passionate about engineering, he claims to have designed a "lifesaving" method to keep ships from sinking and aircraft from disintegrating during a crash.

He says he sold his house, truck and motorbike and left for Ukraine to further study the method here.

But Dolego, a twice divorced father of three, also had another goal — finding love with a beautiful East European woman.

He says he met a woman named Yulia online and, hoping to marry her, went to her hometown of Chernivtsi. With nowhere to go and no money left, Dolego spent days roaming the streets of Chernivtsi along with other homeless men until he was picked up by social workers and taken to a shelter.

He spoke to The Associated Press by phone Wednesday from a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.

Related story — Red Tape: The high cost of being a fool for online love "I was looking for a Ukrainian mate, a partner, somebody who would stay with me, be my wife," Dolego said.

"All the Slavic ladies in this part of the world are absolutely delightful." Social workers were shocked.

The former write-in candidate for Arizona governor traveled to Ukraine looking for love.

He ended up hungry and sick in a homeless shelter — the victim of an Internet dating scam.

Social workers were stunned to find Cary Dolego, 53, sitting on a city street last Wednesday, behaving strangely and suffering from pneumonia.

Dolego, who ran for Arizona governor just last year, had traveled to Ukraine this spring to do research for an engineering project and look for a wife.