03/30/2017 12:22 EDT

Toronto Police Charge Man With Practising Witchcraft

TORONTO — Police in Toronto say a psychic has been charged with pretending to practise witchcraft after a customer allegedly paid more than $100,000 to have an "evil spirit'' removed.

Investigators say the 37-year-old accused advertised his services as an astrologer and psychic in February and March.

They allege a 44-year-old man who consulted the accused for psychic services earlier this month was told a sick family member had been the victim of an evil spirit.

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Murali Muthyalu has been charged with practising witchcraft, fraud over $5,000, and extortion. (Photo: Toronto Police Service)

Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu says the man made payments totalling $101,000 to remove the evil spirit.

Police say Murali Muthyalu, a visitor from India, is charged with pretending to practise witchcraft, fraud over $5,000, and extortion.

Investigators allege the accused used an alias of Master Raghav and are asking anyone who has had dealings with him to contact police.

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