TORONTO - Toronto police have charged a man with pretending to practise witchcraft after they say a woman paid thousands of dollars for help with various ailments.
It is alleged that a man advertised his services as a "healer" in radio and print ads and that a 56-year-old woman contacted him for help with her ongoing physical problems.
Police say the man used spells and rituals to convince the woman that she and her family were cursed and that he could remove the curse for a sum of money.
They say the woman paid about $14,000 for what they called "various services."
Gustavo Valencia Gomez, 40, of Mississauga, Ont., is charged with fraud over $5,000, false pretences over $5,000 and possession of the proceeds of crime, as well as pretending to practise witchcraft.
Police say Gomez publishes a Spanish language newspaper called "el Negocia Redondo” which advertises his services in Toronto, London, Ont., and Montreal, and they believe there may be more victims in Ontario and Quebec.
Gomez is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Dec. 28.
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Spider In The Dress
English folklore says that a bride who finds <a href="http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-customs/articles/50-wedding-traditions-superstitions-facts-trivia.aspx" target="_hplink">a spider in her wedding gown</a> on her Big Day will have good luck.
The Greeks believe that a bride who wears a sugar cube in her glove on her wedding day will have a <a href="http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-customs/articles/50-wedding-traditions-superstitions-facts-trivia.aspx" target="_hplink">sweeter marriage.</a>
For Roman brides, wearing a veil down the aisle was thought to disguise her from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness. It's also a sign of good if a <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=1VvHeyqGzf4C&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=bridal+veil+superstitions&source=bl&ots=bVZZ_D2mLk&sig=gvKBMEMroM3fRijc5mHf2MScYUc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RyD_T_q-EqfI2gWoxKnHAQ&ved=0CFQQ6AEwATgU#v=onepage&q=bridal veil superstitions&f=false" target="_hplink">bride's veil catches fire</a> while she's at the altar.
Cat Eat Out Of Shoe?
An Indian wedding tradition says it's good luck if a <a href="http://www.articlesbase.com/marriage-articles/indian-wedding-traditions-and-superstitions-5769125.html" target="_hplink">cat eats from the bride's or groom's left shoe</a> one week before the wedding.
The <a href="http://itthing.com/wedding-superstitions" target="_hplink">best material</a> for a wedding gown is said to be silk. Satin is said to bring bad luck and velvet indicates future poverty for the newlyweds. Brides should also stay away from patterned gowns, or gowns with vines and birds on them. Be careful not to bleed on a dress either.
Writing Her Married Name
The bride who <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/superstitions-traditions-every-bride-should-359144.html?cat=41" target="_hplink">writes her new married name</a> before the wedding is thought to doom her marriage.
No Nuns Allowed
A bride who sees a <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/superstitions-weddings-4726756.html?cat=32" target="_hplink">nun or a monk on the way to her wedding</a> is cursed to be barren and dependent on charity.