Fraudulent Psychic Sonia Marks Arrested After Being On The Run for 14 Years
A supposed “psychic” whose home and business were raided and who fled the state afterwards over 20 years ago has returned to Cincinnati to face the charges she has against her.
She is being accused of conning and stealing money from a minimum of 11 people out of about $1 million dollars in her Greater Cincinnati psychic business from the years 1989 to 1992.
Her victims knew her as “Miss Ann” but her real name is Sonia Marks. She was indicted back in 1994 on charges of grand theft, theft, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and conspiracy.
However, she managed to disappear back in 1992 after her the police raided her business and her home in College Hill, so she was never arrested.
Her luck ran out in November though, when the police arrested 50-year-old Marks in Oklahoma City and brought her back to Hamilton County, the court documents state.
The investigation into Marks began in the 90’s when a 69-year-old man from Springfield Township reported her to the police. He told authorities that he paid her $3,000 to cure his leg and back pains and was never cured.
The Enquirer records indicate that police state Marks would usually have her “customers” bring cash to her business and once she had it in her hands she would then tell them that their money was full of evil spirits and these were what was causing their problems.
Several of her clients told the police that she would promise to remove the evil spirits from the bills and then return them to them but they would never get it back. One of those victims told the police that Marks took his whole life savings under the pretense that she would cure his emotional turmoil and physical ailments.
Last month, Marks plead “not guilty” in court to these charges and was released on a $100,000 bond under the condition that she wear an electronic monitoring device and remains in Hamilton County until her case is over.
Cornelius “Carl” Lewis, her attorney, is trying to get the court to drop the charges against her due to the amount of time that has passed.
“The record is void, for 14 years, of any efforts by the state to effectuate the warrant or prosecute the indictment of Mrs. Marks,” Lewis said in a motion to discharge the indictment.
He also adds that she has been a law-abiding citizen for 14 years.
“She is married with two adult children and (living) a full and active life in Oklahoma. It would be an injustice to hold her and prosecute her for alleged activity that occurred more than 14 years ago,” states the motion.
Lewis insists that authorities are not legally allowed to prosecute her due to the statute of limitations. Marks is due to appear in court later this month for a hearing concerning the motion to have the charges dropped.