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Cash, emeralds found in Brazil faith healer’s home

December 22, 2018
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In this handout photo released by Agencia Brasil, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, center, arrives to the Dom Inacio Loyola House in Abadiania, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Authorities say that more than 200 people have come forward to accuse the spiritual healer of sexual abuse in the central Brazilian state of Goias. The accusations against Faria began last week after several alleged victims spoke of abuse on a popular Brazilian television show. (Marcelo Camargo/Agencia Brasil via AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s state police say they have found a suitcase full of cash and emeralds hidden in the home of a faith healer accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women.

The suitcase was discovered at the home of Joao Teixeira de Faria on Friday in a basement accessed by a trap door in a closet. Police in the central state of Goias said they also found about $300,000 worth of Brazilian reals. They had yet to appraise the emeralds.

De Faria worked for several decades in rural Brazil as a healer who claimed he could cure diseases.

TV channel Globo aired accounts on Dec. 7 from several alleged victims who said they had been sexually abused for years.