Cash, emeralds found in Brazil faith healer's home

In this handout photo released by Agencia Brasil, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, center, arrives to the Dom Ina...
FILE -In this Feb. 23, 2012 file photo, self-styled spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria uses scissors to perform a spiritual surgery on Rosangela ...

In this handout photo released by Agencia Brasil, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, center, arrives to the Dom Ina...

FILE -In this Feb. 23, 2012 file photo, self-styled spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria uses scissors to perform a spiritual surgery on Rosangela ...

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's state police say they have found a suitcase full of cash and emeralds hidden in the home of a faith healer accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women.

The suitcase was discovered at the home of Joao Teixeira de Faria on Friday in a basement accessed by a trap door in a closet. Police in the central state of Goias said they also found about $300,000 worth of Brazilian reals. They had yet to appraise the emeralds.

De Faria worked for several decades in rural Brazil as a healer who claimed he could cure diseases.

TV channel Globo aired accounts on Dec. 7 from several alleged victims who said they had been sexually abused for years.