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 ]
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.