Hingham, MA- Teresa Nicholas, the second suspect in the Hingham scam that police are calling a “psychic reading scam”, has turned herself in.
She, along with Tiffany Crystal Smith (who goes by the psychic name “Sofie”) is guilty of conning over $7,000 from a 69-year-old Pembroke woman. After Smith was arrested for this crime, police began a search for Nicholas. They had been searching for her for more than 2 weeks when she finally showed up at the Hingham Police Station to turn herself in.
43-year-old Nicholas, who is from Attleboro, MA, was arrested upon turning herself in and was being held at the Hingham Jail until they took her to Hingham District Court. Here she was declared guilty of “larceny over $250 and conspiracy”. According to police, she was able to post bail of $500 and was released but has to come back to court on June 22.
It appears that Nicholas made the decision to turn herself in after Hingham Detectives contacted her lawyer.
Even though police had an Albany, NY address for Nicholas, they knew that she was always in Hingham, as well as the surrounding cities.
The public and media were shown surveillance photos of Nicholas, which showed her cashing the check of the Pembroke victim.
Policy knew that Nicholas was an accomplice in Smith’s theft of the $7,000 and the search for her began.
According to police, Smith conned the elderly woman by convincing her that her daughter had a curse on her and if they didn’t pay her $16,000, the daughter would kill herself. Smith pulled several tricks during the woman’s sessions to try and convince her to go forth with “cleansing”. At one point she purposely dropped a bag with red liquid that spilled out of it that she told the woman was her daughter’s blood, she then asked the woman “isn’t your daughter worth more than $16,000?”
The police report states that this worked on the woman because she was concerned for her daughter and was under a lot of stress.
Aside from a couple of checks which added up to more than $7,000, the woman also gave Smith a opal ring that is an antique and is valued at more than $500. This left the remaining balance of the “cleansing” at about $9,000 and Smith told the woman to pay it by either giving her a credit card payment, borrowing money from friends and family, or by selling her personal items. Perhaps in an attempt to borrow the money from them, she told a family member about the situation, and they contacted the police without hesitation.
After receiving this information, the police arrived at the building and found Smith, who completely denied ever meeting the woman. The police state that Smith denied living in the building, telling them that she actually lived in Dorchester and that the building was just where she conducts business, even though police saw a couple of people there with her who were wearing pajamas.
When police asked Smith where is the other person who works with her, which turned out to be Nicholas, she told them that she cannot reach her since she doesn’t have a cell phone, but that she would return in an hour.
Smith was charged with two counts of “larceny over $250”, “larceny over $250 by false pretenses”, and “larceny from a person over 65 and conspiracy”.