Police to lift lid on murky world of bogus faith healers who promise cures for huge sums of money
Posted by doctore0 on September 15, 2014
A team of officers has been put together to investigate the scale of the fraud in the city for the first time.
The Leicester Mercury is aware of a number of cases of people handing over tens of thousands of pounds to criminals who then say meaningless prayers or perform rituals for them.
An unknown number of tricksters are operating in the city, advertising in foreign language newspapers or by putting business cards through letterboxes or leaving the on car windscreens.
Many claim to be able to use prayer to lift curses, heal broken marriages and solve financial problems.
Others say they can cure illnesses including cancer and HIV.
Inspector Ben Gillard, commander of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park police station, said the team needed the community’s help to trace the perpetrators.
Insp Gillard said: “People are being exploited and handing over large sums of money to these people.
“We want to work with the faith community leaders and other people in the community because this is not solely a police issue.