An elderly man from New Jersey was scammed out of $147,000 by a psychic and her son. Police say that he was told by the psychic that he needed “treatments to cleanse his soul” in order to live in peace.
According to the Galloway Township Police Department, the psychic, 49-year-old Sally “Kim” Wando of Galloway New York and her son, 24-year-old Franco Marco of Ventnor New York were arrested on charges of second-degree theft by deception and third-degree conspiracy to commit theft after police received a report from a man who felt he was being scammed by a psychic.
Victim Reports Psychic Scammers To Police
Police state that the victim told investigators that he had been visiting with a woman at Village Psychic in Smithville and that she offered him “treatments to cleanse his soul”.
“The first visit required a payment of $5,000,” said the department on an August 25th Facebook post. “After additional visits, Kim recommended a 14-step Chakra program for him to complete which would cost $10,500 per step. Kim advised him that he had eight evil spirits that only she could eradicate via the 14 steps.”
Scammer Took Advantage Of Victim’s Childhood and Used Scare Tactics On Him
According to police, Wando allegedly took advantage of personal information about the victim’s “unpleasant childhood” that he shared with her so that she could make him believe that she was able to give him relief from his troubles.
“She also predicted further torment in this life and the afterlife if he did not complete the 14 steps,” read the police post. “The gentleman ultimately agreed to the steps and was provided specific instructions to transfer $147,700 from his checking account to her son Frank Marco’s car business, Frank’s Classic Carz in Ventnor.”
The scamming psychic also told the victim that he needed to keep the agreed upon arrangement a secret to everyone or else “more evil spirits” would need to be cleansed from his body. She even told him to tell the bank tellers that he was using the funds to purchase a car. When interrogated by investigators, Wando and Marco told them that the wired money was for the purchase of a vehicle at the dealership instead of for a soul-cleansing program.