What does Giles Corey charge in his deposition against Thomas Putnam?

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In Act III, Giles Corey brings in a deposition against Thomas Putnam.  In that depostion, he claims that Putnam has had his own daughter falsely accuse another man (a man named George Jacobs) of being a witch.

According to Corey, Putnam wants Jacobs's land.  He knows that if Jacobs hangs for being a witch, his land will get auctioned off.  Corey says that Putnam is the only person around who has enough money to buy such a big plot so he will get it for cheap.

So Corey is saying Putnam is using the witch trials for his own economic benefit.