People gave money to a woman who promised them a miracle fix for their desperate life problems. You can guess how this all turned out. Badly.
A bogus faith healer conned at least £1 million from victims who were convinced she could cure cancer or help them conceive children by sending money to the Amazon jungle, a court heard.
In a fraud case, Juliette D’Souza is accused of persuading 11 people to part with huge cash “sacrifices” of £30,000 or £40,000 at a time, telling them she was a shaman with supernatural powers.
They believed the money was flown to Suriname to be hung from a magical tree in the Amazon rainforest – somehow solving whatever problem they faced.
But instead, the clients with cancer or had loved with cancer or other physical afflictions were duped into funding D’Souza’s high style living. Like a psychic or a medical quack, she preyed on people who were in a vulnerable state. Some of the victims paid her a total of six figure sums over the years, upwards £195,000 (approx. $330,000). They were told the money would be sent to Suriname faith healers Oma and Pa who would put it under a special tree and their problems would be solved. Who could believe this? Desperate people do. There is confusing as to whether D’Souza believes she had such power as she is now saying it was a conspiracy against her by osteopath Keith Bender who recommended people to her. It’s all very confusing.
If she wasn’t taking the money for herself, where did it go? How did she support herself? What DID she promise these people? She is asking the court to add another layer of confusion (conspiracy) to this incident. Someone is in trouble. While this scam was stopped many others continue daily against the elderly, the sick, the grieving and the desperate. Pass the word around, so-called shamans, faith healers and those who promise miracles are more likely scammers. Hold tight to your cash.