Celebrity Psychic Thomas John Being Sued For Non Payment By PR Firm Who Fixed His Image After His Craigslist Scam Emerged

A former scam artist turned celebrity psychic is acting shady again according to a PR firm he hired.

‘Manhattan Medium’ Thomas John hired a public relations firm based out of California to help him out and give his image a whole new makeover but the firm is claiming he never paid for the services.

The shady self-proclaimed psychic hired PR firm ZTPR to fix his image last year after the Daily News reported on his history of scamming people on Craigslist.

According to court documents, the company complied with their part but John never paid them the $3,046.12 that they billed him for their work.

The court papers read, “ZTPR completed all the services of helping him build and exaggerate in the press his public profile as a believable psychic medium.”

John Thomas Flanagan, his full name, used to be really well known in Chicago as a drag queen named Lady Vera Parker. In 2009 he was caught making and posting fraudulent ads on Craigslist for apartments for rent where he would steal the security deposits from hopeful renters.

The scamming psychic told The News that he and ZTPR have worked out a settlement but according to the company, they have yet to finalize anything and are still working out a deal.

“The matter has already been settled out of court,” said the fraudster in a statement. “I’ve worked with a number of publicists with great success and respect the profession tremendously.”

Zach Teperman, president of ZTPR, states that the company’s lawyers are still in the process of reviewing the matter.

“Our legal team is currently finalizing an out-of-court settlement with Mr. Flanagan,” he said in a statement. “We will have no further comment.”

John, who was born in Massachusetts, claimed to have foreseen Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce, as well as Whitney Houston’s death.

There are several websites where John’s cellphone number is shown and where a large number of people state that they were affected by his security deposit scam that ran in numerous states.

After he pleaded guilty to theft and computer fraud, John dropped his last name and got a new start as a psychic medium.

Last year he did an interview with The News in which he said, “It was basically something I did out of necessity. I’ve turned my life around since then.”

Now 32-year-old John claims to be able to communicate with spirits and works as a traveling medium.

Earlier this year he made an appearance on “Extra” where he made 2016 celebrity predictions. He was doing this while he was still working with and under contract with ZTPR.

Last month he did an interview where he claimed to have communicated with deceased Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith. He states that she told him she blames Howard K. Stern for her death. Stern was Smith’s agent and former lover.


Angela Moore started Psychic Review Online in 2008. After being ripped off and deceived by a mother/daughter team and then having her life completely turned around by a real Psychic, she has dedicated herself to helping people avoid fake Psychics. Angela provides tips, psychic reviews, ratings and more on her website Psychic Review Online


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    Suzi Singstock June 10, 2016

    I’ve had he privilege of meeting some of the top psychics in the world & Thomas is the real deal! I don’t know many people who didn’t do something stupid when they were younger & I’m not sure why bring a drag queen was added to the story. Was the implication that drag queens are wrong or bad? Shame on whoever thinks that! In any case, he is amazingly accurate every time with info he could never get online or anywhere & he is a good soul, too, so I’m disturbed to see this negative information on him.

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      Grace rivington September 22, 2016

      Good souls don’t scam people out of money. I worked for this loser. He’s a fraud.

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        Diane C. November 06, 2017

        My husband and I were scammed out of our hard earned money by this very dishonest and conniving man. He has not changed, he just has a new scam calling himself a psychic. The irony here is that 3 months prior to this crook ripping me off, I had a psychic reading from Caribbean Psychics. I was given his description and the exact month that the ripoff would happen and I didn’t believe it. Unfortunate for me and my husband. I know better now. Beware of Thomas John.

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          Angela November 06, 2017

          I’m so sorry to hear this Diane. Lesson learned though right? Unfortunately, Thomas John has been scamming people for years. 🙁

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    Stella March 17, 2017

    After having had a reading with this “medium” I am sure he is a fraud! I have had many readings from reputable mediums and notice his methods to be suspicious stating a lot of names but not personalized emotional type statements. I had heard after my reading that people had stated he uses obituary and Facebook to retrieve info so I googled my sister’s name who bought the tickets and my father’s obituary appeared. Thomas John basically read it verbatim fining up just the names in it and worked the room so he would start to talk to you then come back to you. I think he’s probably got a microphone feeding him some of the information he never walked around the room! I say this sadly because I believe in mediums just not this scam artist!

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      Angela March 22, 2017

      Wow Stella. The lengths some fake Psychics will go to just to appear real and steal your money. Thank you for sharing this!

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    Barbara July 14, 2017

    Saw him last night at a platform event….was not impressed. He shared the event with Suzane Northrop who is definitely the REAL DEAL. But I digress. My friend and I are convinced his first few readings were plants in the audience… practically answering his questions before he even asked them. He come on after Suzane and a woman who was not there for Suzane came in and sat down and he went right to her. As far as stage presence, he has none. Flat affect and closes his eyes and keeps them closed to communicate with spirit. Now I just read up on him and it validates my opinion.

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    Suzi Singstock August 27, 2017

    I work with a group of psychics who are also very good & read for a living. They all adore Thomas & many get mentored by him as much as possible. He is a psychics psychic. It sounds like we are speaking of two different people. Thomas John is VERY good & he is NOT scamming anyone.

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    Gina August 29, 2017

    Thomas John Flanagan (aka drag queen Lady Vera Parker) is the most unprofessional person I’ve ever dealt with. You’re better off seeking someone with a better reputation. My daughter & I have paid for readings months in advance, & even after waiting so long, the bum cancelled 2 days before. We then both waited another several months and he did the same thing again!! So ridiculous! It’s obvious the guy only wants your $$$. & now I see he’s stooped to the new low of having his boyfriend write a phony review on his behalf (Raymond from San Diego). Their pix are on FB & Instagram. What a joke! If you do some research, you can easily see that he has a blatant pattern of rescheduling almost EVERYBODY, ALL THE TIME, LIKE 5-7 TIMES each on average!!! What is he doing that he cannot honor an appointment, like, ever?! I also have friends who consulted him and while they were owed refunds, they WAITED MONTHS TO FINALLY GET THEM. He’s all about the Benjamins, baby!

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    Joanne December 21, 2017

    I was rescheduled for a phone session that
    was advertised at a special price. I had been in a spirit circle of his previously and was contacted by his office with this offer. I never
    got the phone session and my messages were
    unanswered. This is fraud!

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      Linda January 29, 2018

      He offered a psychic calendar for the year 2018 with a firm deli dry date of January 1 2018. Today is January 29th and I still don’t have it. All I have are four email excuses! I’ll be visiting my credit card company and asking them to get my money back for services not provided.

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    Petey March 12, 2018

    I desperately would like to know the secret behind Thomas Johns “method” on the “Above & Beyond with Laura Smith” Show on WABC Radio where he seem very accuare at times…does anybody know something about this ?

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      Marianne March 12, 2018

      Hey Petey,
      First you’ve got to know that Laura Smith is one of Thomas John’s good friends. Then, people who call on the show are kind of preselected. Even though callers seem to be chosen randomly, it is not the case. On radio, shows are always prepared. Before the show Thomas must have access to people’s names, cities and phone numbers (on screen). He just needs to take 10 to 20 minutes to access their social media, etc. Did you know that in many cases when you enter someone’s phone number on the Facebook search bar, you can find them. Many have public facebook accounts. It is pretty sure that if they lost a child or parent or anyone else, they will post something and their friend’s comments may even give details. Afterwards, you can find online obituaries pretty easily. For psychic questions about the future or career, he makes things up or get info online.

      On TV, when he cannot investigate the people he needs to read for, the result is almost terrible. And no names pop up. Fortunately for him there are still the cold reading tricks like the grand-mother figure or the sudden death that help. Watch that video on Fox32:

      Thomas John is the most unauthentic medium you can ever find. Go on Yelp and see the growing number of negative reviews. The positive reviews are either fake reviews or from gullible clients. I have been one of them until I found out about his methods and his dishonesty. Even when he was working as a drag queen in The Chicago area, many of his colleagues and night friends didn’t like him because of his honorless behaviors (not giving back the money he was borrowing, not paying the make up artists he was working with, etc.).

      Make your own research and you’ll see.

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        Petey March 13, 2018

        Marianne, thank You very, very much for Your information ! You really helped me as I was so puzzled with this man’s apparent skills. Fantastic that You have so much insight. All the best to You !

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        Petey March 17, 2018

        …me again..Petey.I tried to do my own research, but I can’t find much on the web (apart from the growing number of VERY negative reviews on YELP that You Marianne already mentioned, of course !)
        And I cant’t afford to fly to NYC to do an investigation there…Do You think or know : does he have “help” with somebody feeding him info via earpiece Or does he do the research about the callers before the show. Thanks in advance for Your opinion !

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          Angela March 18, 2018

          Negative yelp reviews and Marianne’s testament are enough evidence for me to avoid it Petey. It’s probably best to call this one a scam.

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    Marianne March 19, 2018

    As far as I know, Thomas John doesn’t wear any earpiece. He does the research before giving a reading or before events. It is my opinion.
    His radio show with Laura Smith seems to be over. I am pretty sure that Laura Smith doesn’t know about Thomas John’s fraud. She seems to be naive. Maybe we should write her to ask what she thinks after years of working with him.
    It is really difficult to believe that someone dealing with grieving people may scam them. It’s like when you learn that your nice neighbor is indeed a criminal. There is a kind of disbelief. Same thing with fake mediums. And of course there is also the shame like after any abuse.
    In december 3rd 2017, Thomas John did a facebook live with psychic medium Colette Baron Reid during which they both gave free mini readings. That was a way of promoting their charity event in New York city that happened a few days later.
    For every reading that Thomas John gave, I was able to determine how he got his information. It was coming straight from people’s social media and online obituaries. He was so accurate. I wrote a long email to Colette Baron Reid with a precise description for each individual who had a reading. She never answered me back but she deleted the video. If you go on her FB page, you’ll notice on december 3rd that there is no more video. But she left the pictures of the charity event she did with Thomas John. That must mean she is still on good terms with him and that she doesn’t care he is a fraud. It says a lot about her. I suspect that she took the video out because it was potentially contentious and bad publicity for her. I wish I had captured the video. I had no idea she would have removed it.
    Petey, do you have a reading scheduled with Thomas John? Why do you focus on his former show? 🙂

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      Petey March 21, 2018

      Hi Marianne, thank You very much for sharing more information ! No, I have no reading scheduled with Thomas John…I don’t have the money to check it out just for fun & I’m too far away from New York anyway (Switzerland)…and I somehow KNOW it MUST be a scam..! In Videos of other “psychics” (John Edward, Lisa Williams for ex.) You NEVER see that accuracy, those details that Thomas John achieves on this WABC Show ! I just really would die to know EXACTLY how this guy pulls it off ! The Secret behind the magic trick…The exact way the information takes…at least he needs a good memory if he doesn’t use an earpiece, right ?

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    Marianne March 21, 2018

    You know Petey I don’t think it is too difficult to spend 1 hour to research people ahead of time and to remember their information. He reads for 5 to 15 people, even in big groups. It is a bit like a comedian: they’ve got to learn their text. I don’t think it is difficult when you train long enough. During the first demonstration event that I attended, he shared that he indeed has a great visual memory. The rest is entertainment (even though I don’t think he is a good entertainer. I guess that’s why he never succeeded as Lady Vera Parker when he was a drag queen). You are right about the accuracy. Other mediums are not so accurate because they don’t go on their clients social media but their messages are truthful and meaningful. That’s the main difference. They use their psychic and mediumnistic abilities. It is a refined sense but limited by the subconscious mind and brain.

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      Angela March 21, 2018

      Thank you Marianne for your honest and insightful posts! You’ve been a big help to Petey and I’m sure you’ve been a big help to the 100’s of other people that view this page every day.

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    Cindy Van Gaver March 26, 2018

    I also got scammed by this so called medium. I wish I would have read this prior to handing him my money. I had to wait over 6 months to get my reading and he never called, nor did he try to reschedule . I also had purchased a personal calendar , again, didn’t receive a thing.
    Both transactions are now too far gone for us to be able to file a complaint with the credit card company. That must be why he schedules his readings so far out. Takes your money and then there’s too much time gone by for you to do anything about it.
    I first met him at a group setting here in Seattle. He didn’t have any specific things for me or my mother in law. Nothing he said to me made any sense or could I relate to.
    So because I then started getting emails from him DAILY, I figured to sign up for a private consult.I assumed he would have to give me some details then, as I was just me.
    Fortunately it was a promotional reading and so I didn’t cash out the ridiculous amount he normally charges. But still, $ 200 for a half an hour is a lot of money. I dont quite make that much myself and I have to work a lot harder for it. He never called me on my appointment day, nor did he try to reschedule. My calendar was $95, so he’s taken a total of almost $300 from me. Easy money if he can do that daily.
    I will tell everyone wide and far about this scam artist. If there’s something I detest more than anything it’s frauds and liars. He stands first in that category !

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      Angela March 26, 2018

      I’m terribly sorry to hear this Cindy. I hope your comment helps someone else avoid being scammed.

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    Petey March 26, 2018

    Dear Cindy, dear Marianne : You should maybe post reviews about Your experiences with this despicable, dishonest scammer on YELP…because this review-platform seems to be quite important for his business..!

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      Angela March 26, 2018

      I think this is important for everyone to do if they’ve been scammed. Sometimes you just don’t get your money back from a scammer, but if you can help save someone else the trouble, you can at least earn some good karma.

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      Cindy Van Gaver March 26, 2018

      I did put my review on Yelp and within a few hours I got an email from him. Funny how, once you take it public, then all of a sudden there is a response.
      He wants to talk to me, he says. Frankly I have no desire to ever speak to this man again. All I want is a refund and that’s what I have told him. We shall see…
      I’m sure he wants to bribe me in retracting or changing my review. It isn’t going to happen. I will not be bought to alter anything I have written, because it is the truth and nothing but the truth. And if that means it’ll cost me $300 to stop this from happening to others, then so be it.

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    Marianne March 26, 2018

    Hello Petey and Angela, I would like to write a Yelp review but will do it in a few weeks because I am waiting for interesting information to get confirmed about Thomas John’s scam. I’ll let you know. Cindy are you sure you can’t file a complaint? You should try even if it seems untimely. His calendar scam is such a shame. Trying to make us believe that he can make personal predictions throughout the year (he says on his promotional email: “Thomas will tune into your specific energy and aura, and channel what he sees happening you throughout the year. Each month will contain predictions about finances, health, career, family, and love life. Whatever Thomas feels that you need to hear, you will hear from him. “).
    That’s a joke. I would be interested to compare 4 or 5 calendars from different people. I bet they look alike. If people who have ordered these calendars read this, let’s write here to let us know what they look like and what they say. If by chance we could compare them, I’m sure we would be surprised.
    Quite recently, there have been a lot of positive Yelp reviews (march 24th, 25th, 26th, 2018) about him. I wonder if Thomas asked a few clients to do so. To be honest, the reviews seems very sincere. I don’t think they are fake but it doesn’t mean that the readings are not fake. Some of the reviews come from parents who have lost their kid. Their desire to establish a contact with their child is so big that they cannot be rational about the whole process. I immensely respect their search and their grief. Nevertheless we’ve got to recognize that they are in a state of vulnerability. Even if 100 % of the information that Thomas gave them is searchable online, they will prefer to think that it means that Thomas is a fantastic medium, a kind of angel on earth. Well I wish he was. Unfortunately he is not. More info to follow…

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      Angela April 16, 2018

      Thanks for sharing Petey. Looks like they really caught him red handed.

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    Petey November 26, 2018

    Dear Marianne,
    If You have any new info by now about TJ, please share !
    I really, really want to hear anything new from You.
    Or if anybody knows if & how his TV Show “Seatbelt Psychic” “works”, please share…I read on another site that he has unknown, but
    paid actors as seemingly unknown to him passengers in his car.


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