VORONEZH, Russia, July 27 (UPI) -- Authorities in Russia said a man falsely claimed to be in love with a woman so he could steal her money to raise funds for his infant son's medical treatment.
The Voronezh Region Interior Ministry Department said the 25-year-old man persuaded a 24-year-old woman to cancel her wedding to another man and allow him to move into her apartment, RIA Novosti reported Friday.
"The woman fully trusted her partner and gave him her apartment and car keys. But when she returned home from work one day, she found out that all her valuables -- a laptop, jewelry and money -- had disappeared," the department said in a statement.
The department said investigators determined the man was married with an infant son and had faked his relationship with the victim to obtain money for his infant son's medical treatment.
"The detainee admitted that he committed the crime because of financial troubles," the statement said. "He was recently sacked, and his family has been in trouble. His son is seriously ill and requires expensive medication."
The man is now facing a theft charge and could face 10 years in prison if convicted, the department said.
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