Bogus healer jailed
A ‘faith healer’ who conned his victims out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for 18 months following an investigation by Sandwell trading standards.
Niem Mohammed, from Cheshire, was found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of three counts of fraud, seven of procuring a valuable security by deception and one of obtaining property by deception.
Complaints received by trading standards included:
- a couple who paid £9,600 after Mohammed told them that prayer would help conceive a child
- a girl who had split up with her boyfriend and then paid sums ranging £18-£30,000 to aid reconciliation
- a woman who had medical ailments and emotional problems who paid Mohammed £1,900
Sandwell Council's trading standards manager Bob Robinson said: 'We are very pleased by the outcome of the trial and it proves we were fully justified in taking this action on behalf of people we felt had been duped.
'There were many people who were reluctant to come forward to help us bring this case, because of their religious beliefs and embarrassment about how it would be viewed in their community.
'The investigating officers have worked tirelessly to deal with the sensitive issues this case brought with it and should be commended for their hard work in bringing this to trial.'
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing is due to take place soon.