New York City, NY (The New York Post) – A Chinese national who admitted to scamming women out of more than $150,000 — promising them that she’d lift deadly curses — will spend up to 4 1/2 years in a state prison before she is deported, her defense attorney said.
Xeukun Su, who conned two middle-aged women out of the cash and gold jewelry, was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years behind bars Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“I realize the wrong thing I have done,” Su told Justice Danny Chun through an interpreter, as she looked down at the table. “I feel bad, I feel guilty.”
Defense attorney Morris Shamuil said his client came to the U.S. from the Canton province of China in order to make money to send back home to her husband and three young children.
“She began working for this other woman, was given no money and no benefits, and told in exchange for doing these things they would help her gain status in the country, and a better income,” Shamuil said. “That never happened.”
Instead, his client was rounded up in Oct. 2016, and charged with second-degree grand larceny as a hate crime for her role in the scam.
Su, 45, told two women — both immigrants from China — their loved ones were plagued by evil spirits, and that she needed to bless 24-carat jewelry of theirs in order to ward off the curse, in addition to handing over the cash.
The items were them placed in a bag and “blessed,” and Su told the women they could not open the bag for many days, or the blessing wouldn’t work.
When one of the victims finally opened the bag, her baubles were gone — and she called the police.
By then, Su remained, but the masterminds had disappeared, Shamuil said.
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez blasted Su, calling her conduct “deplorable” for “targeting vulnerable immigrant women.”
“This defendant stole the victim’s life savings by exploiting the fears and beliefs of the culture they shared,” he said in a statement.