Since this article came out, there has been an update to the fate of Fatima’s Psychic Studio.
Salem, MA. A psychic business in Salem by the name of Fatima’s Psychic Studio is currently being accused of scamming customers into giving them money to remove curses and evil from their lives. Fatima’s Psychic Studio has had their chance of renewing their business license denied for allegedly charging a man over $16,000 in order to protect him from an evil curse he had on him, as well as having several other complaints against them.
Since the Salem Licensing Board learned of an active police investigation looking into the studio, they decided on Tuesday night at a meeting located at the City Hall Annex not to renew the business licenses for Fatima’s Psychic Studio located on Hawthorne Boulevard.
However, the psychic business chose to continue running their business with or without the license and on October 10th around 5:00pm, they were issued a cease and desist order for doing so. Detective Sergeant James A. Paige states that their license expired in March of 2012.
According to Det. Sgt. Paige, the psychic studio has had a large number of complaints. They are listed below:
July 18 2013: A Farmington, NH. woman complained and filed a report against the business to Sgt. Conrad Prosniewski stating that a psychic at Fatima’s wanted her to pay $100 to have a curse removed.
September 16, 2013: An officer named Dennis Luti took a complaint from a woman from Pepperell, MA. Stating that a psychic at the business advised her she was “full of evil” and that she would need to pay $500 to get rid of it.
October 1, 2013: Detective Dennis Gaudet from Salem was the leader of an investigation against the business after a man from Henrietta, NY called the police and told them about how an employee at the psychic shop convinced him that it was in his best interest to have a shield placed over him that will protect him and also that he needed “channel angels”. He was convinced by them and ended up paying over $16,000 to them in the course of a few weeks.
October 3, 2013: A different customer of Fatima’s called the police station to report that a psychic was asking him for $50.00 to remove a curse from him.
October 7, 2013: Detective Brian St. Pierre from Salem was in charge of an investigation concerning a complaint from a customer who was told by a psychic at Fatima’s that he needed to pay $500 to have a curse removed from him. He told investigators that he declined the offer but they kept harassing him, calling him several days later still trying to convince him to pay the price and have the curse removed.
Fortunetelling is defined by the City of Salem Code of Ordinances, Part III, Article II, Division 2, Section 14-27 as “the telling of fortunes, forecasting of futures, or reading the past…”; removing curses or evil spirits from people is not included in the ordinance and is therefore illegal.
When the city was having the meeting about whether or not it should renew Fatima’s Psychic Studio’s business license on Tuesday night, the studio owner, Harry Mitchell, appeared before the board and told them that the dispute with the customer who paid them over $16,000 had already been resolved and that he was going to return the money to him.
According to Paige, the investigation into the reports and complaints from customers about psychics insisting on “removing evil” is ongoing. The next board meeting regarding the psychic shop is scheduled for October 28, 2013 at 6 pm and they will be discussing the charges brought up against the psychic business.