Earlier this week in Broward County, Florida, three members of the Marks family of psychics plead guilty to scamming about $25 million from their clients. They scammed the customers by telling them that they had the ability to communicate with Michael the Archangel as well as other spirits when really they had no such ability.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marks family consists of nine members and out of those nine, eight of them have admitted their involvement in several charges against them. One of those charges is conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. 61-year-old Rose Marks is the known “ringleader” of the fraudulent psychic family and is also the one who scammed renowned author Jude Deveraux after establishing a longtime friendship with her. These eight relatives of hers are now waiting for their trial, which will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Two of these relatives are actually daughters-in-law of Rose Marks named Nancy Marks and Cynthia Miller; they have confessed and plead guilty to scamming customers out of a lot of money; between $1 million and $2.5 million. Nancy Marks admitted to lying to customers so that she could “obtain large sums of money” by convincing them that she was able to make contact with “spirit guides who would provide God-given directions.”
Cynthia Miller admitted that she was guilty of lying to her customers as well by also telling them that she had the ability to speak with spirits. She confessed to scamming one of her clients who “heard voices” by convincing him that the reason he was experiencing this was the fact that he “lacked faith” and that she could “cure” him of this problem if he brought her $400,000 in gold coins. The victim fell for her scam and did as they were asked. The individual later asked for the money back and Miller’s response to the request was that “she buried it in a cemetery and she could not remember where… that only Michael the Archangel would know where it is located.”
Rose Marks’ sister, Victoria Eli, also plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and she, along with Nancy Marks and Cynthia Miller now have to repay what they stole to the victims by court order.
Rose Marks’ defense lawyer, Fred Schwartz, states that Rose plans on going to trial. When asked about the recent threat made by the prosecution to charge her with income tax fraud along with the other charges, he refused to comment.
The U.S Attorney’s Office released a press statement, which said that Rose Marks along with nine family members of hers are all being charged for their individual participation in a “$40 million advance fee scheme” back in 2011.
This press statement released by the government declares that Marks’ family falsely presented themselves as “spiritual advisers, clairvoyants, and fortune tellers” and that they “falsely represented to their victims that they could remove purported evil spirits or curses from their lives or that of their loved ones.”
However, Marks argues that the only thing she was doing was providing a professional service to customers who sought her services. She gave an interview to the Sun Sentinel back in December in which she spoke of her relationship with Deveraux; “We came to an understanding that if I’m supposed to shut down my business and just work with her exclusively, then it would be, you know, expensive. She would have to pay me for 24 hours a day at her beck and call.”
It is purported that Marks and her family had fortune-telling businesses both in Fort Lauderdale and New York and that New York is where Rose Marks initially met Deveraux; while the author was in the midst of a divorce. Rose claims that Deveraux was the one that started coming to her for advice about five or six times per week and then asked her to stop working with other customers and just work exclusively for her.
“I doubt anyone can imagine what me and this woman shared, and it was work, it was hard work,” said Marks. “It was seven days a week, Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, all the holidays I had to spend with her. If I spent maybe one or two days out of a month with my family, I was doing good.”
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