Since the publication of this article, investigators learned of a second suspect that was working with Smith.
Hingham, MA- In what police are calling a “psychic reading scam”, 24-year-old Tiffany Crystal Smith was arrested on Saturday. She allegedly stole over $7,000 from an elderly woman.
According to a press release issued by the Hingham Police Department, the victim, a 69-year-old woman from Pembroke, kept visiting the psychic and card reading business located on 49 Whiting St. where Smith would gather information about her, as well as information about her family members.
According to the police, Smith proceeded to con the woman on her last visit to the business by telling her that there was a “curse and a black cloud” over her and that if she wanted it lifted, she would have to pay Smith $16,000 along with an expensive piece of jewelry. She also told her that if she failed to do this, one of the victim’s family members would commit suicide.
This worked to successfully convince the woman, who then came back to the business with a check for $7,000 and an antique ring of high value.
Before the victim was able to pay Smith the remaining $9,000, she told a family member last week about her visits to the psychic and the payment that was required. 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 and they arrested her at the psychic building (which also doubled as her home) on April 14th.
Smith, who is the actual business owner and goes by the name of “Sophie” at the business, was charged with four different counts. Two of them are for “larceny over $250”, one of them is for “larceny over $250 By False Pretenses”, and the last one is for “Larceny From a Person over 65 and Conspiracy”.
Smith is going to be arraigned on April 17th at Hingham District Court and is currently at the Hingham Police station being held on bail.
People with information about similar cases with Smith or her business are being asked to contact Detective Robert Mansfield at telephone number 781-749-1212. They can also leave information at www.hpd.org, which is the website for Drop-A-Dime.