Another story coming out of Florida about a psychic who decided to “gamble with fate”:
23-year-old Stephanie Thompson, who also goes by Stephanie Lee, from Lighthouse Point, Florida has been accused of stealing about $115,000 from a customer of hers to “remove a curse” and was arrested last week. Instead of using the stolen money to remove the curse as she made the victim believe, Thompson gambled most of it away at a casino.
Thompson was arrested on November 12th and has been charged with organized fraud and grand theft. The arrest happened a year after the victim from Boca Raton, Florida first reported her to Boca Raton Police and they began their investigation into her.
The victim, a 30-year-old female, told the police that in September of 2012, Thompson persuaded her to give her more than $115,000, under the impression that $90,000 of that would be returned back to her. This payment was so that Thompson could remove a curse from the victim and from the victims’ money. The woman told police that Thompson made her believe that she had to give her all of her money so that it could be cleaned. This money that Thompson took from the victim is money that was left to her by her mother.
The victim told police that from May to August of 2012, Thompson would accompany her to different bank branches to withdraw that large cash amount in small batches, so that the banks would not get suspicious. According to the victim, Thompson would repeatedly warn her not to tell anyone about what they were doing, otherwise all the work she had done would be “erased”.
“Thompson told her that she could get the same cancer that her mother had if she did not go through with this and the victim stated she believed her,” stated Officer Karl Leonard in his police report.
Last year, while the victim was in the middle of telling a police officer the whole story, her phone rang and it was Thompson, the woman answered and they agreed to meet at a CVS parking lot. The officer who was taking the victims’ story went with her to meet Thompson and confronted her when they met up with her, according to the report.
When confronted by the officer, Thompson told him that she no longer had all the money because she had gambled it away at a casino. The victim ended up losing about $109,700 to Thompson.
At a meeting with the Boca Raton Police Department in October of 2012, Alison Gilman, Thompson’s attorney, told authorities that Thompson was “unable to resolve this issue”. Officer Sandra Boonenberg told ABC News that a warrant was then put out for Thompson’s arrest shortly afterwards.
Thompson was arrested on a Tuesday and by the following Wednesday morning she posted $40,000 bond to get out, according to authorities. Kathy Burstein, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Clerk and Controller’s Office, told ABC News that a date has not been set yet for Thompson’s next court hearing.
Attempts to reach Thompson, her attorney Gilman, and the victim were all unsuccessful.
“We’ve had some other reported incidents with psychics and stuff like this, but we don’t have any other cases against this particular defendant,” said Boonenberg. “I don’t believe we have any other psychic-related cases at this point.”