Two Calif. men charged with grand theft

May 31, 2007 at 2:07 PM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., May 31 (UPI) -- Two men from San Jose, Calif., have been charged with grand theft after allegedly making thousands of dollars as "faith/mystic" healers.

Police said that brothers John Salazar, 23, who called himself "Master Alexander," and Carlos Salazar, 34, convinced their clients that they were possessed and needed to be cleansed, The Mercury News of San Jose, reported Thursday.

The older brother was arrested in April but police are searching for "Master Alexander," the newspaper said.

The brothers allegedly would perform tricks like turning water into "blood" while wearing robes, combining elements from many religions, including Wicca, Catholicism and Santeria, San Jose Police Detective Manuel Jurado told the Mercury News.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office charged the Salazar brothers with five counts of grand theft and one count of attempted grand theft.

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