Argentinian Man marries 91-year-old Aunt to collect a widower’s pension after her death
| Updated Nov 20, 2017 at 2:51pm
When it comes to getting money, some people will do just about anything, even marry their relatives.
Take 25-year-old Mauricio Ossola, from Argentina, who last year married his 91-year-old great-aunt, so he could collect a widower’s pension after she died.
Mauricio moved in with his great aunt Yolanda, in the city of Salta, north-west Argentina, eight years ago, after his parents split up.
He, his mother, her brother and his grandmother shared a home with the elderly woman in the neighborhood of Tres Cerritos, and apparently got along very well.
So well, in fact, that two years ago Yolanda agreed to marry Mauricio so that he could collect a widower’s pension after she was gone.
The then 23-year-old had told the woman that he planned to quit his law studies due to financial constraints , and she assured him that she would do everything she can to make sure he graduates.
The young man recently admitted to reporters that he was the one who proposed they get married, and that she accepted.
They tied the knot in February of 2015, in what he describes as a “discreet civil ceremony”.
I said to Yolanda after the separation of my parents: ‘Look Ulita, I’m going to have to abandon my studies’.
Those were the circumstances that led to us getting married,” Mauricio said. “Yolanda insisted I had to finish my studies.
She would say to me, ‘I’m going to help you because you always take care of me, you go with me to the doctor’s and you’re always helping me with my problems’. After some time had gone by, I asked her what she would think if I asked her to marry me.”
14 months after the bizarre union, Yolanda passed away from sepsis, and Mauricio soon applied for a widower’s pension, to fulfill his late wife’s/great-aunt’s wish.
Unfortunately, things did not got as smoothly as he had hoped, as social services denied his request after the 91-year-old woman’s neighbors told them that they knew nothing about the marriage.
However, Ossola insists that his union to his great-aunt was perfectly legal and he will fight the decision to reject his application for the pension even if he has to go all the way to Argentina’s Supreme Court.