Thursday, January 03, 2008

Polish police hunt octogenarian Romeo fraudster

Polish police asked for help from the public Wednesday to find an 80-year-old man who allegedly swindled the life-savings of women looking for love through match-making agencies.

Photographs of the man, identified as Eugeniusz Gadomski, were published on the Internet site of the Warsaw Metropolitan Police.

"The man we are seeking is 170-175 centimetres tall, brown eyes, he may wear a moustache, grey hair, but he may colour it," reads the police profile. "He changes hairstyles often and has been seen wearing a ponytail, a brush-cut, hair combed back and parted on the side," it says.

Suspected of a long string of swindles, the 80-year-old has been in hiding since 1998, according to police.

"Eugeniusz Gadomski defrauded a significant sum of compensation for having been in a (WWII) concentration camp in which it turned out he never set foot," according to the statement.

"Moreover, he has swindled many single women, one of whom he also severely injured," it says.

Despite several warrants for his arrest, the octogenarian has successfully eluded police for years.