AN AMERICAN man who hired a "luxury" dating service to help him find love instead found a money pit, according to a claim for damages.
The Washington DC-based matchmaker Taylor Francois-Bodine says she helps the lovelorn "accelerate" their hunt for romance with her "luxury experience", the New York Post reports.
She claims her clientele includes senators, congress people, ambassadors, well-known sports figures, industry leaders, CEOs and Fortune 500 executives.
When businessman Paul Gleit signed up with the matchmaker in May, he agreed to pay $35,000 ($AU43,600) in instalments for two years worth of introductions.
Ms Francois-Bodine says her service operates "an almost 100 per cent success rate", but that was certainly not the case for Mr Gleit.
By the time he'd finished in October, he'd had just six dates - yet paid $532,500 ($US426,000), or about $88,700 ($US71,000) per date, the Manhattan federal court claim says.
This outcome was vastly different to the usual success rate that the service boasts, claiming the majority of clients find themselves in "wonderfully committed" relationships by the second or third date.
Now, hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket and without a partner, Mr Gleit is seeking a full refund from Ms Francois-Bodine.
This article was originally published by the New York Post and appears here with permission.
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