Morris County, N.Y.- 36-year-old psychic Paula Lee has been charged in Morris County for scamming jewelry and $150,000 from one client as well as $324.650 from five other clients. She was also charged for not paying income taxes for the past five years.
Paula Lee, who also goes by Pauline Lee, was held at the Morris County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of a $75,000 bail for these charges, which occurred from 2004 to 2010.
The complaints signed by Barry Bittenmaster, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective, claim that Lee, who currently resides in Hewlett, N.Y, convinced her clients to give her large amounts of money so that she could invest it in a church, and promised to repay them.
Lee moved from Randolph, N.Y. where she had a psychic/fortune-telling shop in 2010, shortly after her first victim sued her for fraud in a criminal case.
The complaints also accuse Lee of stealing between $3,600 to $149,550 from 2004 and 2010 from clients in the cities of Randolph and Denville. The clients were promised that the money would be placed in a church but it never was. Lee is also being charged for failing to pay any income taxes from 2007 to 2011.
The victim who suffered the largest loss due to Lee’s scamming is Karen Brown, who sued her at the Morristown state Superior Court back in 2010. She accused Lee of preying on her depression and convincing her that without Lee’s assistance, she would die.
Brown was having trouble coping with depression and marriage issues so she sought Lee’s help after seeing her psychic services sign in Randolph, according to the suit.
The suit also stated that by utilizing her “psychic powers”, Lee convinced Brown that someone had placed a curse on her and that “dark forces were obstructing her efforts to find happiness”.
Aside from the money Lee scammed out of Brown, she also managed to convince her to loan her a credit card and purchased an $11,000 ring as well as a miniature scale church costing $12,000.
Once again a fake Psychic uses the guise of “Curses” to steal money. Curses aren’t real, no one is cursed! Don’t let a fake Psychic convince you that there is some evil curse hanging over your head.
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