NEWS

Mother lost a fortune to save ‘bewitched’ son

A Thessaloniki woman was indicted on criminal fraud charges yesterday for allegedly milking a friend of hers of some 132,000 euros, supposedly to free the victim’s son from evil spells cast by his wife. The suspect, whose name was not made public, allegedly took advantage of the fact that her friend’s son had become estranged from his mother to defraud the woman of 45 million drachmas between 1993 and 1999. To convince the victim that her son was literally bewitched by his wife, the suspect allegedly showed her a bogus letter from a fictitious Larissa witch warning that the spells might kill the young man. Hoping to save her son, the victim made large cash payments to her friend to secure the witch’s aid. She also transferred joint ownership of the flat she lived in – which, she was told, was haunted by evil spirits – to the suspect.