TORONTO - A 40-year-old Toronto area man charged last month with pretending to practise witchcraft is now facing additional charges.
Toronto police say Gustavo Valencia Gomez of Mississauga was arrested again this week after other alleged victims came forward.
Police allege the new victims are an elderly Montreal couple defrauded of $13,000 on Nov. 28, and a Hamilton couple defrauded of $7,800 between June and October.
Investigators say a man used rituals to convince his victims that they were cursed and then offered to remove the curse for a sum of money.
Gomez faces charges that include pretending to practise witchcraft, fraud over $5,000, and possession of the proceeds of crime.
Police say Gomez advertises his services as a healer in Toronto, Mississauga, London, Ont., and Montreal.
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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.