A woman claims her £40,000 life savings have been drained and she’s stranded in the Dominican Republic after she fell for a student 12 years her junior.
Claire Alcantara, 46, said she ignored her three daughters’ pleas for her not to begin the romance with student Franklin Alcantara, 34.
She’s been left “heartbroken and penniless”, reports the Mirror.
Franklin moved into her West Midlands home in Dudley before they moved to the Dominican Republic two years ago.
They renovated his family home together but Franklin went missing – and she was stunned to found out he was back in England.
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The former teaching assistant is desperate to return to her hometown of Dudley but says she can't afford the flight.
Back in 2013 they began messaging on Facebook.
Claire told the Mirror: "He was good looking and had the body of a god. Soon we were Skyping daily. I'd just come out of a terrible divorce so it felt exciting."
They soon married later that year in October despite her daughters telling her “don’t do it”.
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In June 2014 she moved him into her home with her adult daughters, and opened a "joint account" in the Dominican Republic to fund the building of a flat on top of Franklin's father's house.
"I spent £15,000," she said, and in December 2017 they sold up in the UK and moved there for good.
He soon left, saying he was going to work away for three months – but six months later in December 2018, she discovered he was living in England again with another woman.
She has now found a "very low-paid" job in Santo Domingo and is staying with a new boyfriend, but is desperate to get home.
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She says: "I spent all my money on Franklin and can't afford the flight. I should never have sacrificed a thing for him."
Back in the UK, Franklin told the Mirror he is to be deported next month back to Dominican Republic.
Of his wife, he added: "We had a good relationship in England, then Claire said we had to go to Dominican Republic.
"I wanted to stay in England," he continued.
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"We lived in a house with my dad.
"She was the one that said let's do the floor, the window bars, the paint.
"It was about £6,000, not £15,000.
He added: "I lied and said I was going to Punta Cana. If I told her I was going to England, Claire would have said no because it was too cold.”
Franklin also admitted shacking up with another woman, saying: "Yes, I had a new girlfriend, but she dumped me after Claire contacted her."
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