Police Say Alleged Psychic Scammed Two Victims Out Of $35K
Manitowoc, WI. – A 37-year-old Manitowoc self-proclaimed psychic woman was arrested on September 11th, 2013 for scamming two Manitowoc residents out of roughly $35,000, allegedly.
According to Detective Mike Stone, who works for the Manitowoc Police Department, it is being recommended that they charge the psychic with two felony counts of “theft by fraud” and seven counts of forgery.
“In October, we took a complaint from a Denmark man who was having problems with his marriage, finding a job, and other issues,” Stone said.
Apparently the man, 42 years of age, sought the psychic’s help in 2010, hoping she would advise him on what to do in order to ease his personal problems. He was dissatisfied with her service but was far too embarrassed to report her or make a complaint against her.
“Ultimately, he claims she performed an egg ritual on him in which she stood behind him and rubbed an egg on his back and then cracked open the egg in a bowl and a bunch of worms were inside of it. Those were the evil spirits that come out of him (according to her),” Stone said.
The woman told the victim that in order to banish the evil spirits from his life she would need to perform more rituals and that they would cost him $12,000. The victim ended up giving her a total of $23,000 but then complained about the amount he had given her and she gave him back a small amount of this money. After returning some of his money to him, she quickly cut off all contact with him and he was no longer able to reach her.
Stone states that the man soon realized that nothing in his life had changed in a positive way and that he had been scammed out of his money so he decided to report her to the police. Aside from reporting her because of the money that he had lost, Stone says that the man also made the decision to report her so that she cannot do the same to other people.
When the police got ahold of the psychic and questioned her about all of this, she denied performing an egg ritual on him and stated that she had spent a lot of money purchasing hundreds of quartz crystals and candles in order to help him. The victim told the police that she only used one crystal and one candle on him- not hundreds.
“At that point, based on the law, we didn’t feel we had quite enough to pursue charges, but in our heart of hearts we felt differently,” says Stone.
That all changed however, when a different Manitowoc resident called the police to make a complaint against her in August of 2013.
The caller, a 63-year-old woman, told the police that she started seeing the psychic in May of 2013 in hopes of receiving spiritual guidance. She informed the police about how the psychic performed an egg ritual on her that supposedly unveiled a demon from the victims’ ex-husband “two lives ago”. According to Stone, the psychic told the woman that the demon had gotten into the woman’s daughter and was causing the woman to have a lot of negativity in her life.
After revealing the “demon” to the victim, the psychic told her that she would need $12,000 to banish this demon from her life but the woman told her she didn’t have that kind of money. The psychic then convinced the victim to withdraw a cash advance from her credit cards and even drove her to the bank. The victim ended up withdrawing the maximum amount allowed on her credit cards, which totaled out to $3,9000 and gave it to the psychic.
The victim told the authorities that the psychic carried out a ritual with her money and then told the victim she needed to keep her two credit cards.
Investigations performed by the police regarding the credit cards, after the victims complaint, revealed that over a period of three weeks, the psychic used the victim’s credit cards to get her nails manicured, purchase clothes and groceries, and even purchased items online with them. Every time she made a purchase at a physical location she signed the victim’s name.
Stone states that after all was said and done, the victim was bilked out of about $12,000.
He said that the psychic did return a small amount of her money back to her after the victim complained, but kept the majority of it.
Stone states that heavy questioning, the psychic finally admitted to them that she had indeed used the woman’s credit cards fraudulently to make personal purchases and had fraudulently signed the victim’s name for these purchases.
“It’s a person taking advantage of someone else’s weaknesses, that’s what it is,” says Stone. “We believe there could possibly be other victims out there who might be too embarrassed to come forward. We would encourage anyone who feels they have been scammed or defrauded to contact the police department,” he added.
“I would have thought she would have seen this coming,” Stone said regarding the psychic.