Hidden cash, gems found in home of ‘John of God’
RIO DE JANEIRO — 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, who calls himself calls himself “John of God,” worked for several decades in the Brazilian village of Abadiania as a healer who claimed he could cure diseases.
TV channel Globo aired accounts Dec. 7 from several alleged victims who said they had been sexually abused for years.
More than 300 women from around the world have contacted prosecutors to accuse him of abuse.