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Police bust faux-holy water racket

Feb. 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

ANCONA, Italy, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Italian police arrested 39 doctors who were selling holy water as a cure for cancer and other diseases, prosecutors said Thursday.

Those arrested were charged with conspiracy, fraud, personal injury and wrongful practice for selling the holy water, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

Customers were told online the miracle cure, called "White Light Water," came from the holy shrines of Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje and cost as much as $263 per vial. Doctors selling the fake holy water often told customers to abandon traditional medical treatment and rely instead on the "frequencies" given off by the blessed water, police said.

Police searched four doctors' offices in Ancona, Bari, Milan and Venice, where the concoction was bottled and redistributed, plus 4,000 flasks of ready-to-ship water.

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