It is a story that sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie.
A woman marries a man she thinks is the man of her dreams until a surprise tip turns her life upside down.
Sheri Brown, a prominent Delta realtor, married Timothy Szabolcsi in 2012 after knowing him for six months.
“He was a complete gentleman. Always opened my car door, made me dinner every night, was just loving and caring, very kind.”
Szabolcsi told Brown he was a psychiatrist from Beverly Hills. In reality, he was a convicted fraudster who, under a previous name, had spent a year in a Texas prison for posing and a physician.
“He’s very good at talking,” said Brown. “There’s a lot of people who don’t believe what he says, but there were a lot of people who truly believed. Including myself.”
Brown ended up supporting Szabolcsi with $50,000 of her own money, including cashing in her RRSPs, after he said his business assets had been frozen by his partners.
She knew none of his past, following a tip, she contacted CBS news in Dallas, which is very familiar with his past crimes.
The two have since divorced – but Szabolcsi has since moved to Econo Lodge in Surrey, where he now publicizes himself as the owner of a small business.