The client of a woman claiming to be a psychic in Milwaukee accused her of scamming $20,000 from her. The accusation resulted in 34-year-old Janet T. Adams being charged with theft by fraud this past Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint filed against her, she began scamming the woman in April.
She continued taking more and more money from her over the following three months. The complaint states that the victim, P.W., heard about Adams’ psychic business from her hairstylist. Her stylist referred to Adams as “Isabella.” Adams later told authorities that Isabella is her ‘spiritual name.’ The victim had lingering questions about her father’s sudden death in a car accident, so she contacted Adams.
After speaking to her over the phone, they decided to meet at Adams’ house for a private reading. During the initial reading, Adams chronicled P.W.’s personal life to her. She also told her she was picking up energy from her mother and that her father was trying to contact her. Adams told P.W. that if she wanted to hear her father, she would first need to be ‘cleansed.’
She offered to help P.W. do so but said she would have to pay for the tools. Adams told her these tools would cost about $400. P.W. told Adams she needed time to consult with her mother, but Adams quickly warned her against doing that. She convinced P.W. to go forth with it then and there. P.W. went to a gas station ATM and gave Adams $240 that day.
The Lies Got Worse And Worse
P.W. called Adams the following day, and Adams told her that “terrible things” were happening. She told her that she needed to come over immediately, and P.W. arrived as quickly as she could. When P.W. arrived, Adams told her that her stepmother was the one that killed her father. She also said the stepmother paid $10,800 for ‘bad spirits’ to follow her and ruin her life.
Since P.W. already had suspicions about her father’s death, she believed everything Adams told her. That included needing to pay at least $10,800 to combat the evil spells her stepmother had brought forth. To make it more convincing, Adams pulled out a large stack of money that totaled $7,000 from her closet. She told her she would use her own money to protect the P.W.’s family from her stepmother but that it would only work if P.W. matched that amount.
Adams promised to return the money to her after she removed the harmful spirit from her life, which would occur at a Greek church in Menomonee Falls. P.W. ended up giving Adams $23,000 over the next three months. She acquired this money by borrowing from her business and retirement accounts and borrowing from her friends.
Adams eventually gave her back $5,200 but refused to return the rest. That’s when P.W. began an investigation and realized that Adams had lied about many things, including the bit about a Greek church in Menomonee Falls. P.W. then contacted the police, and when they interviewed Adams, she did admit that she owed the victim some money but that she had used the funds to pay for her father-in-law’s funeral.