The man -- booked into jail as Joe Alvarez, 32, although police are unsure of his real name -- allegedly told the women he would perform rituals and sacrifices to expel bad luck and cleanse them of harmful spiritual impurities, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
"I was very upset for being so naive and gullible," Evelyn Taveras, 36, of Hallandale Beach, said Wednesday. "I felt like, 'What an idiot. How could you fall for this?' It was very demoralizing."
Taveras said she met Alvarez Feb. 6 at the Aventura Mall in Hallandale, where he told her she had a "beautiful aura."
"It's just the way he came across, very humble, understanding, just a very familiar feeling," Taveras said. "Recently I had been becoming more religious and spiritual with energy work, positive thinking and auras ... and it struck me as odd that he could see that."
Alvarez told Taveras his name was "Dorian" and offered "to align her chakras and prevent bad things from happening to her," a police report said. He sold her three crystals for $5,200 each, saying they "were essential for her to maintain a good aura," the report said.
The suspect is also accused of stealing $39,000 in cash and some jewelry from Taveras for a total loss of $48,700, the police report said.
The second alleged victim, Cassandre Soray, 36, of Miami Shores, met Alvarez in December 2012, also at the mall. He allegedly convinced her to pay him $37,000 "to cleanse the impurities from her," a police report said.
"The defendant in this case has used multiple identities, dates of birth and Social Security numbers," police reports said. "The defendant has no known state photo identification, and his true name has not been confirmed."
The suspect is being held at a Pompano Beach jail on $16,000 bond.
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