It took more than six months for 27-year-old Minati Khatua of Rourkela to realise that she had allegedly married a woman and not a man.
By the time she realised, her 'husband' had vanished with a car and a jeep bought with loans taken from a bank in her name, police said.
Minati today lodged a complaint with local police which registered it as a case of cheating.
The police said Minati married Sitakant Routray, a frequent visitor to her sister's house at Golghar here where she was staying.
Later the couple got married in a temple and the next day their marriage was registered before a notary.
Though the two stayed together, they did not consummate their marriage as the fraudster convinced her that he was observing a special fast for six months after which a ritual would be performed at Jagannath temple in Puri.
Minati's relatives grew suspicious of her 'husband' when the couple visited her native village in Cuttack district, they told her the doubts following which Minati subsequently found out that Sitakant was a woman posing as a man.