Rose Marks is desperate to get her convictions thrown out and has attempted one final time, but it was unsuccessful. 65-year-old Marks of Fort Lauderdale is currently in federal prison serving ten years. She owes more than $17.5 million in restitution to the clients she scammed, including her most famous- novelist Jude Deveraux.
In her latest appeal attempt, she attacked her trial lawyer Fred Schwartz, accusing him of misconduct. She testified against him, saying he convinced her not to take a plea offer that would’ve sent her to prison for five years instead of ten. U.S Magistrate Judge William Matthewman wrote that her request was “wholly without merit” and recommended rejecting her appeal.
“This is a case where [Marks] steadfastly refused to plead guilty and insisted upon a trial. Now that I’ve convicted and sentenced her, she is unhappy with her decision to proceed to trial,” wrote the judge. He also added that this was no reason to grant her an appeal. Marks and her family made international news due to the severity of their scams and because her famous victim has a large following.
Rose Marks’ Day In Court
After hearing her testimony in 2013, jurors found her guilty of fraud and related charges. During the trial, jurors heard how she took large amounts of gold coins and cash from their victims. They also listened to the victims testify that Marks promised to return their money and valuables after performing “cleansing” rituals with it. Prosecutors informed the jurors that Marks never returned valuables or cash to the victims.
The Deveraux scam went on for decades. During it, Marks convinced her that she received flirty emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Brad Pitt. This most recent appeal is the last one she’ll be allowed to file. Marks also claimed her lawyer needed to give her a better defense and that a conflict of interest made him biased. The battle of interest she referred to revolves around an e-book she and her nephew wrote together.
The lawyer encouraged her to be interviewed by the Sun-Sentinel, resulting in federal tax evasion charges against her. The judge ruled that all the evidence showed how Schwartz tried convincing Marks to take a plea deal instead of a trial, but she refused every time. He also ruled that her lawyer’s defense was more than adequate legally and that there was no conflict of interest.
In an upcoming trial, trial judge U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra will make the final decision on the case. Still, it is improbable that he will overrule the magistrate’s findings and grant her an appeal. If you’re unfamiliar with the infamous scamming “psychic” Marks family, catch up by reading Members Of Marks Family Plead Guilty To Stealing $25 Million, and Jury Finds Psychic Rose Marks Guilty In $25 Million Fraud Case.