Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau have arrested and charged 40-year-old Darshan Dhaliwal for defrauding a woman as part of a spiritual scam.
In July 2016, Dhaliwal met with the victim and advised her that he had a lot of good luck and was very close to God. He obtained a large sum of money from the victim and told her that he would bury the money in the ground and pray to remove the evil spirits and give her back the money once the ceremony was complete.
Dhaliwal later convinced the woman there were evil spirits in her jewellery and he would need possession of her jewellery to banish the spirits. The victim provided Dhaliwal with her jewellery and more money and when Dhaliwal did not return her possessions, she contacted police.
Brampton resident Dhaliwal was arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000 and breach of recognizance.
He defrauded the victim approximately $61,000 in cash and jewellery.
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