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Witchcraft charge laid against Brampton man

Police in Brampton, Ont., say they have charged a man with fraud for pretending to practise witchcraft.

The law against 'pretending to practise witchcraft'

Everyone who fraudulently:

(a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,

(b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or

(c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(Source: Section 365 of Canada's Criminal Code )

Police in Brampton, Ont., say they have charged a man with fraud for pretending to practise witchcraft.

Investigators allege the suspect was taking money for witchcraft-related services at his home.

Yogendra Pathak, 44, of Brampton has been charged with fraud under $5,000 and pretending to practise witchcraft.

Section 365 of Canada's Criminal Code outlaws "pretending to practise witchcraft, etc.," as one of the offences that deal with false pretences.

Pathak is due in court Oct 7.

It's believed the services had been offered for more than a year.

Police are asking for alleged victims or anyone with information to come forward.

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