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Witchcraft: Toronto man charged after convincing woman her family was cursed

Posted on 11-27 at 21:24:05 CST

[As released by the Toronto Police Service in Canada]

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an on-going investigation.

It is alleged that:

- a man advertised, on radio and in print, his services as a "healer"

- a 56-year-old woman sought out the man's assistance with ongoing physical ailments

- using spells and rituals, the man convinced the woman that she and her family were cursed and that he could remove the curse for a sum of money

- the woman paid approximately $14,000 for various services

On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at approximately 12:45 p.m., Gustavo Valencia Gomez, 40, of Mississauga, was arrested.

He is charged with:

1) Fraud over ($5000)

2) Pretending to practice witchcraft

3) False pretenses over ($5000)

4) Possession of proceeds of crime

He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, December 28, 2012, at 1 p.m., at 1000 Finch Avenue West.

Gustavo Valencia Gomez publishes a Spanish language newspaper, "el Negocia Redondo, advertising his services at 2019A Dufferin Street, Toronto, and also in London, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

Police believe there may be more victims in Ontario and Quebec.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1370, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.