Sunday, January 09, 2011

Man uses dead Army hero's photo to woo women online

A Facebook fraud is accused of using pictures of a dead war hero to seduce women he meets online. The real soldier's comrades and women who experienced the ruse say the Internet lothario, who claims to be fictional New Yorker "Dylan Sorvino," hijacked the memorial photos of Sgt. Roberto Sanchez, a strikingly handsome 24-year- old US Army Ranger killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2009 after five tours of duty. Sorvino posted the tragic photos of the square-jawed Special Forces soldier as his profile pictures on Facebook and then passed himself off to women he e-mailed as an all-American hero who grew up in the Big Apple, studied law and then enlisted in the Army to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. "My son died for this country. How can anyone do that? It's so heartless." Sanchez, 24, a Florida native, was killed on Oct. 1, 2009, when an improvised explosive device detonated as his unit drove over a bridge. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Sorvino -- who deleted his Facebook profile immediately after Sanchez's furious comrades confronted him online Thursday -- would play poker through Facebook and invite female players to be his "friends." He then wooed them into cyber-affairs with fabricated tales of glory, victims said. After months of romancing, he would write of his impending departure from the war zone -- and make plans to meet them upon his return. He would never show. "Tomorrow night is my crew's last Iraqi patrol and we start packing up," Sorvino wrote in an Oct. 11 e-mail to Carolyn Hinz, 37, a Minnesota divorcee. "I've been warned by command not to discuss my departure due to national security so we have to keep this talk to a minimum. - ANNIE KARNI NY Post

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