'Witch' purports to burn client's cash to keep evil spirits at bay, police say
Woman persuades man to sell house, give her cash, police say
MIAMI – Samantha Stevenson allegedly told her clients she was a witch named Evanna Lopez.
When she sensed evil spirits had possessed her 67-year-old client's home, she allegedly told him he had to sell his house.
To keep the evil spirits at bay, the 27-year-old woman allegedly told her client that once he sold the home he had to transfer about $457,000 to her bank account.
She would hold it until the evil spirits were gone. But when the spirits fought back, she said she had to burn about $4,570 during a ceremony.
That is what a man told York Regional Police detectives in Ontario who decided to arrest Stevenson this week. Prosecutors charged her with pretending to practice witchcraft, fraud over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.
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