Psychic shaman sent to jail for 10 years in U.K. conviction

This is another landmark victory against psychic fraud. This time in the U.K. A conviction and significant jail time for this faith healing fraudster. [Oma and Pa have a magic tree ]

Con woman ‘shaman’ jailed for 10 years over £1m frauds – Telegraph.

A witchdoctor con woman whose crimes were described by a judge as the “worst case of confidence fraud” he had ever heard of has been jailed for 10 years.

Juliette D’Souza fleeced her vulnerable victims out of almost £1 million by masquerading as a shaman for more than 12 years, convincing 11 of her “clients” to hand over thousands of pounds to solve issues such as curing terminal illnesses or problems conceiving a baby.

The 59-year-old, from Hampstead, north London, told her wealthy victims the money was a “sacrifice” which would be used as a spiritual offering and hung off a sacred tree in the Amazonian rainforest.

During her trial she apparently used claims that she was connected to Princess Diana, Prince Andrew, Robert Redford, Simon Cowell and John Cleese.

The list of her doings were horrendous. For example:

During her trial, the court heard how one woman was persuaded to have an abortion by D’Souza after she paid her £170,000 to help her get pregnant.

The con woman told the victim, who cannot be named, that she should abort the child because it would be born seriously deformed.

D’Souza was convicted of 23 counts of obtaining property by deception and fraud. These crimes took place between January 1998 and June 2010 but she had previous convictions for dishonesty and deception. The verdict was decided in an hour.

This is a tremendous victory similar to that of the conviction of Rose Marks for fraud. That trial in the U.S. last year also resulted in a 10-year jail term for the woman who claimed to help her clients but instead misled them and took their money to live a lavish life of their own. Often such people believe or want YOU to believe that they are helping in people’s lives; many of their clients willingly pay and do not press charges. Where is the line for protecting people against their own gullibility. It’s been shown in these two cases that fraud is fraud.

  7 comments for “Psychic shaman sent to jail for 10 years in U.K. conviction

  1. May 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    What I do not understand is why a British Court would convict this woman for fraud, yet throw out a case against a fraudster claiming divine communications through a magic stone-in-a-hat, purporting to have supernatural powers to heal the sick, passing off ordinary Egyptian funerary papyri as authentic writings of Father Abraham –all to pocket 10% of victims’ income. What’s the difference? Fraud is fraud. http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/british-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-against-lds-church/article_76962854-dba8-5171-83e0-4bdb93eab230.html

    Juliette D’Souza’s mistake is that she didn’t have her lawyer assert that her actions were based upon… wait for it… her religious beliefs.

  2. Tribeca Mike
    May 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Meanwhile at 10 Downing Street, David Cameron is kicking himself for not having put this fraud in his cabinet.

  3. Steve
    May 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    What is most appreciable in this write up is the clarity that it is the fraudulent behaviour that was on trial and not the gullibility of the victims. I’ve often read comments on similar US postings where comments sledge the victims. Whilst in a Just World people get their just rewards this is not reality…and very glad of that. Fraudulent behaviour is the only issue here, as frustrating as it may be for some, stupidity is not illegal. Good work Judge and jury.

  4. Peebs
    May 31, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I’m a little confused with the link Mark provided.

    A Magistrate (or Justice of the Peace) is a lay person and the Court the first rung of the Judicial Ladder.

    If, say a person accused of murder is brought before them (usually three JP’s are on the Bench) they will remand into custody and refer the accused to Crown Court.

  5. john
    May 31, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Good news, but on an unrelated note, the term “psychic fraud” is redundant. It’s like saying “wet water” (or, more accurately, “water wet”)

  6. Justin
    June 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    People will be willingly ignorant for the as long as we live. I have no sympathy for people who choose to believe these frauds. There are thousands of different ways to make money off this. I don’t believe it should be illegal to defraud a person on a psychic basis. If these people wana give there money away for nothing then let them. It’s their own fault. But don’t punish the people they give there money to. If we do that we should also put every preacher, minister, and every other type of religious spokesman that makes any money off ignorance. In the famous words of L. Ron. Hubbard. “If you want to get rich, start your own religion”

    • June 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Justin:

      I don’t think it is that simple. My social psychologist wife would strongly disagree with you. We’d like to think that, as individuals, we have ultimate control over our lives, can make our own choices, and should only blame ourselves if we “choose poorly.” In truth, however, there is much more to our psyche than that. Certainly the experiments of Solomon Asch and Stanley Milgram have revealed that such is the case.

      Consequently, yes: it should be illegal to commit fraud. If you really feel that we shouldn’t “punish the people they give their money to,” I suppose that you opine that Bernie Maddoff’s sentence should be overturned…?

      As for me, I would convict many a preacher, minister, religious spokesman –especially if the claims they make can be scientifically proven false beyond a reasonable doubt. For example, I consider it blatant fraud to tell parents not to seek medical attention for a sick child and just pray for god’s blessing. It is also fraudulent to continue to claim that the Nephites really existed, despite all the historical, archæological, and even biological DNA evidence to the contrary.

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