18 November 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
Money, they say, rules the world. This statement may not be far from the truth especially with the way people indulge in weird things to amass as much wealth as they can.
This is the case of a 25-year-old man from Argentina, Mauricio Ossola, who married his 91-year-old great-aunt, identified simply as Yolanda, so he could collect a widower’s pension after she dies.
According to Mirror UK, Ossola moved in with his great aunt, Yolanda, in the city of Salta, north-west Argentina, eight years ago after his parents split up.
It was learnt that Ossola, his mother, her brother and his grandmother shared a home with the elderly woman in the neighbourhood of Tres Cerritos, and apparently got along very well that soon Yolanda agreed to marry him so that he could collect a widower’s pension after she was gone.
The then 23-year-old, who recently admitted to reporters that he was the one who proposed they get married and that she accepted, 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.
Ossola said, “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. 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 doctors 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.”
It was gathered that soon after the bizarre union, Yolanda passed away from sepsis, and then, Ossola applied for a widower’s pension, to fulfil his late wife’s/great-aunt’s wish.
However, things did not go as smoothly as he had hoped, as social services denied his request after the 91-year-old woman’s neighbours told them that they knew nothing about the marriage.
But Ossola insisted 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.
Hear him, “I loved Yolanda in the purest way you can love someone and that feeling, along with the pain her loss caused me, will remain with me for the rest of my life.”