An Argentine man accused of masterminding a global extortion scheme that preyed on people hoping to find love through magic spells pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Monday.
Ariel Boiteux’s guilty plea comes just weeks after a San Diego federal judge found him to be mentally competent to move forward with his prosecution.
Boiteux, a computer expert and self-described sorcerer, was among four suspects arrested in Paraguay last year in connection with the witchcraft services offered by Amarres Inmediatos. He was extradited in July to face charges in San Diego.
The scheme tapped into a Latin American industry in which witches or spiritual guides use black or white magic for “amarres de amor,” or “moorings of love.”
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