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Woman pleads guilty to using tax payers money to put voodoo curse on ex-boyfriend


Obtained by Daily News

A voodoo hex on an ex-boyfriend using taxpayer money will cost a former city Human Resources employee dearly.

Eliana Bauta, of the Bronx, faces around two years in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to running a scheme in which she awarded over $300,000 in benefits to people who didn’t need them. The money went to family, friends — and even a supernatural specialist who put a spell on her former flame, prosecutors said.

“HRA employees like Eliana Bauta are trusted to use their positions to help people in need. Instead, as she has now admitted, Bauta egregiously abused that trust, working with her co-conspirators to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for New York’s needy,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.

Bauta admitted in her plea to wire fraud conspiracy and federal program theft that she issued benefits to people she knew weren’t entitled to them. The scheme involved falsifying documents and misappropriating emergency benefits checks. Two people who received the checks, Geraldine Perez and Eric Gonzales, pleaded guilty in February.

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