This story is an update to previous stories I reported: Read Convicted ‘Psychic’ Rose Marks Who Scammed Several, Including Author Jude Deveraux, Family of Psychic frauds reaches out to celebrities to help pay for legal expenses, and Michael Marks, of the Psychic Fraud Family, Pleads Guilty to learn more about this family.
Earlier this week, three members of the Marks psychic family pleaded guilty to scamming about $25 million from their clients. They scammed customers by telling them they could communicate with Michael the Archangel and other spirits when they couldn’t. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marks family consists of nine members. Of those nine, eight have admitted their involvement in several charges against them.
One of those charges is “conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.” 61-year-old Rose Marks is the known “ringleader” of the fraudulent psychic family. She is the one who scammed renowned author Jude Deveraux after establishing a longtime friendship with her. Her eight relatives are now waiting for their trial, which will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Two of these relatives are daughters-in-law of Rose Marks named Nancy Marks and Cynthia Miller. They have confessed and pleaded guilty to scamming customers out of between $1 million and $2.5 million. Nancy Marks admitted to lying to customers to “obtain large sums of money.” She would convince them she could make contact with “spirit guides who would provide God-given directions.”
The Whole Family Was In On The Scams
Cynthia Miller admitted to lying to her customers by telling them she could speak with spirits. She confessed to preying on and scamming one of her clients who “heard voices.” She admits she convinced him by telling him that this was happening to him because he “lacked faith.” Cynthia told him she could “cure” him of this problem if he brought her $400,000 in gold coins.
The victim fell for her scam and did as she asked. The individual later requested his money back. Miller’s response to the request was that “she buried it in a cemetery and she could not remember where… that only Michael the Archangel would know where it is.” Rose Marks’ sister, Victoria Eli, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Along with Nancy Marks and Cynthia Miller, she has to repay what they stole to the victims by court order.
Rose Marks’ defense lawyer, Fred Schwartz, states that Rose plans on going to trial. He refused to comment when asked about the recent threat made by the prosecution to charge her with tax fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office press statement said that Rose Marks and nine family members of hers were all being charged for participating in a “$40 million advance fee scheme” back in 2011.
The statement declares that Marks’ family falsely presented themselves as “spiritual advisers, clairvoyants, and fortune-tellers.” They did this to “falsely represent to their victims that they could remove evil spirits or curses from their lives.”
Rose’s Side Of The Story
Marks argues that she only provided a professional service to customers who sought her services. She gave an interview to the Sun-Sentinel in December, where she spoke of her relationship with Deveraux. “We came to an understanding that if I’m supposed to shut down my business and just work with her exclusively, then it would be, you know, expensive. She would have to pay me to be at her beck and call 24 hours a day.”
Marks and her family had fortune-telling businesses in Fort Lauderdale and New York. Rose Marks initially met Deveraux in New York while the author went through a divorce. Rose claims that Deveraux was the one that started coming to her for advice five or six times per week. She claims that she later asked her to stop working with other customers and just work exclusively for her.
“I doubt anyone can imagine what this woman and I shared. It was work, it was hard work,” said Marks. “It was seven days a week, Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, all the holidays I had to spend with her. I was doing good if I spent maybe one or two days out of a month with my family.”