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May 4, 1901

A SELF-CONFESSED FRAUD.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(18):1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470180039006

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Abstract

In spite of the advocacy of prominent politicians and officials another fraud has come to grief. The notorious Weltmer magnetic healing concern of Nevada, Mo., advertising over the whole United States and counting its dupes by the thousands, has been brought to confession by the Federal laws. The United States postal authorities investigated the methods of the managers and finally caused their indictment for fraudulent use of the mails. Nine separate counts were found against these men, and, notwithstanding their lawyers, they had to plead guilty and throw themselves upon the mercy of the court. It seems strange that conviction of such frauds as magnetic healers, and similar swindlers, can not be reached in state courts, but there is a satisfaction that when the United States courts are appealed to justice is obtained.

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