Hingham, MA: In what police call a “psychic reading scam,” 24-year-old Tiffany Crystal Smith was arrested on Saturday. She allegedly stole over $7,000 from a senior citizen.
According to a press release issued by the Hingham Police Department, the victim, a 69-year-old woman from Pembroke, kept visiting the psychic business located on 49 Whiting St. This is where Smith would gather information about her and her family members.
According to the police, Smith conned the woman on her last visit. She did this by telling her that there was a “curse and a black cloud” over her. Smith convinced the victim that she would have to pay over $16,000 and an expensive piece of jewelry to lift the curse.
She also told her that if she failed to do this, one of the victim’s family members would commit suicide. The scare tactic was successful. The victim returned to the business with a check for $7,000 and an antique ring of high value.
Before the victim could pay Smith the remaining $9,000, she told a family member about her visits to the psychic. She mentioned how much payment the psychic was asking for. This family member immediately informed the police of what was going on.
Armed with this information, the Hingham Police Department was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Smith. They arrested her at the psychic building (which also doubled as her home) on April 14th.
Smith was the actual shop owner and went by “Sophie” at the business. Police charged her with four different counts. Two of them are for “larceny over $250”, one is for “larceny over $250 By False Pretenses”, and the last one is for “Larceny From a Person over 65 and Conspiracy”.
Smith will be arraigned on April 17th at Hingham District Court and is currently at the Hingham Police station. She is being held on bail.
Police are asking anyone with information or dealings with Smith to contact Detective Robert Mansfield at 781-749-1212. They can also leave information at www.hpd.org, the website for Drop-A-Dime.
Since the publication of this article, investigators learned of a second suspect who was working with Smith.