An Artesia, New Mexico psychic allegedly scammed thousands from her customers, then fled before police could arrest her.
The victims say the psychic told them to give her their money to be blessed by her. She assured them she would return it to them once done. That, however, did not happen.
“You would trust anyone that you know if you hear it on the radio. Why not give it a shot,” a police officer said.
One victim from Artesia wished to remain anonymous. She said her nightmare began the day she heard a commercial for the psychic on the radio.
“They say she has 25 years of experience, and if you’re having problems money-wise or anything just go see her. So, I decided to go see her,” she said.
The woman says she called to make an appointment with the psychic business. They gave her the address to a house she was to go to for a tarot card reading. When she arrived, a “psychic” introduced herself as Maria Adame.
“She read the cards, and she said that there were a lot of envious people around me and that somebody did witchcraft on me. So, she’s like, “all I need is this money just for you to bring it to me, and we’re going to do something to it.”
Psychic Took Their Money, Then Told Them To Not Tell Anyone
The victim said she gave the psychic $16,000 in a matter of three weeks to be “cured” by her.
“Supposedly, you have to keep it a secret and not tell your husband, so I tried to tell her like I need my money, and she’s like, “oh no, the spirits marked that you can’t have it until Friday.”
Then Friday came. “I called her, and her phone was disconnected. Right away, I went to her house, and I looked through the window, and her furniture was gone,” she said.
Artesia police learned that three other people had also given Adame money before she disappeared during their investigation.
“What I want, really what I want is I know I’m not going to get my money back, but I want her in jail. I want her to pay for what she did because if they don’t stop her, she’s going to be doing that to other people.”
The police believe that the supposed “psychic” used a fake name. When a New Mexico news agency reached out to the radio station playing her ad, they said that they stopped playing the commercial and that the woman paid them cash for the ad, and they never heard from her again.