The psychic organization in New York who is being accused of scamming Iowans by promising to remove “lingering, clinging ill fate and bad fortune” from their lives is disputing all allegations, or at least their lawyer is.
Tom Miller is the Attorney General for Iowa and last week his office presented a Polk County District Court order in which the International Astrology Foundation consented to repay about 78 Iowans a total of $13,740 to be split amongst them for the services they paid for.
Although they agreed to refund the victims, Aaron Twersky, the lawyer for the organization, denies that his organization did anything wrong or fraudulent. “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,” read an email that Twersky sent to the Register. “None of the mailings are deceptive or misleading, and are no different than any cartoon or comic book,” he added.
The lawyer also stated that the subscribers are promised a money-back guarantee at all times. “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.
This did not stop the attorney general’s office from suing the company in February however, claiming that most of the unsuspecting victims were elderly. As further proof of the organization’s sneaky ways, state officials posted a letter that was sent to Iowans from a man named Steve Waters- Waters is known as some as “the world’s greatest astrologer and psychic”. The letter was six pages long and in stated that the goal of the organization was “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 money back to the victims, the organization also agreed to pay the Attorney General’s office for the cost of the investigation against them, which totaled about $20,000. A spokesman for Miller’s office stated that he was unaware of any other states that were taking any legal action against the psychic firm.