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A woman hoping black magic would heal her husband says her life has been "devastated" by a fake faith healer.
Manjit Kaur, from Chellaston, Derbyshire, says she was targeted by a manipulative fraudster when she was at her most vulnerable.
The 53-year-old had contacted a man who claimed he could help with her husband's serious medical conditions through rituals and black magic.
Among the services he offered was crocodile sacrifice that he claimed would help solve his victim's problems, Derbyshire Live reports.
Instead, he turned out to be Abdoulie Gassama, a con artist who scammed her out of more than £100,000 of life savings, leaving her financially ruined in just four months.
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Mrs Kaur says she recognises the circumstances of the scam sound embarrassing, but insists she was desperately trying to help save her family.
She said: "In 2014 my husband was in a very bad way. He was very ill and I pleaded with the doctors that he needed medication.
"I tried to access every service out there, but it just escalated and escalated. I felt powerless to help him and I was at my lowest."
Mrs Kaur says she was "very vulnerable" when she saw an advert for a man called Shaikh Riyad, whose real name was Abdoulie Gassama, who claimed he could solve personal problems.
She contacted him and asked him to help with her husband's mental health conditions.
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However, by November 2014 Gassama was asking her to transfer large amounts of money to his bank account, saying he needed it to sacrifice animals such as crocodiles and cows.
By February 2015 he had received more than £100,000 from her account, with the money actually being spent on property in Gambia.
"He said he could do animal sacrifices," Mrs Kaur said.
"He said we can try and do this for him, and we can do some spiritual prayers to help my husband. He said he could return our money.
"I was extremely nervous and anxious and it was extremely out of character for me."
Mrs Kaur says the manipulation and intimidation by Gassama made it very difficult to break free and alert the authorities.
"The penny dropped for me when he said he was going to go to Africa," she said.
However, Mrs Kaur eventually found the strength to contact the authorities.
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Gassama was stopped in his tracks when he was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, 19 charges of fraud and one charge of money laundering.
In court it was claimed that most of the money would be unrecoverable as it had already been spent on construction work in Gambia.
In July 2016 he was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for his crimes, which targeted two other women as well. However, in March 2018 he absconded from HMP Sudbury and has not been seen since.
Mrs Kaur says her husband is doing better now and she hopes speaking out about what happened to her will prevent someone else from being preyed upon by con artists like Gassama.
"There are people like him out there who want to take advantage," she said.
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