International Astrology Foundation, the psychic organization in New York accused of scamming Iowans by promising to remove “lingering, clinging ill fate and bad fortune” from their lives, is disputing all allegations.
Tom Miller is the Attorney General for Iowa. Last week, his office presented a Polk County District Court order against them. The International Astrology Foundation agreed to refund about 78 Iowans a total of $13,740. This amount is to be split amongst themselves for services they paid for.
Despite agreeing to refund the victims, Aaron Twersky, the foundation’s lawyer, denies they did anything wrong or fraudulent. Twersky sent an email to the Registrar reading:
“International Astrology Foundation is a legitimate business providing entertainment and leisure, through fiction and obvious fantasy, for those who choose to subscribe to its mailings. None of the mailings are deceptive or misleading, and are no different than any cartoon or comic book.”
Twersky also stated that the foundation offers its subscribers a money-back guarantee. “While the Iowa attorney general’s claims are overreaching, the consent judgment is merely another opportunity for IAF to stand behind its promise to offer money back to those subscribers not completely satisfied,” read the email.
Attorney General Not Satisfied With Just Refunds
However, this statement didn’t stop the attorney general’s office from suing the company in February. The AG claimed that most of the unsuspecting victims were elderly and the foundation took advantage of their age.
As further proof of IAF’s sneaky ways, officials posted a letter sent to Iowans from a man named Steve Waters. Waters is known to some as “the world’s greatest astrologer and psychic.” The letter was six pages long and read:
“The goal of the foundation is to change you my friend, inside out, turning you from a dark, obscured, luck-dead individual into a shining bright, happy star, radiant in plenty, in happiness, in love and in joy.” The writing on the envelope reads, “Important! Everything hangs in the balance. There is no time to delay!”
Aside from refunding the victims, the organization also agreed to pay the Attorney General’s office the investigation cost against them. This amount totaled about $20,000. Miller’s spokesman stated he was unaware of any other states taking any legal action against the psychic firm.