A self-proclaimed psychic named Nancy Marks scammed $300,000 from customers of her fortunetelling business in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was convicted of fraud last year and is now filing a complaint against the state. Now she’s stating that the only reason she’s still in prison is that she’s disabled and uses a wheelchair.
She’s accusing the court of violating her civil rights and filed a complaint against them on 06/04/14. The scamming psychic was found guilty of 14 charges and is serving a five-year sentence. Her victims allege she lied to them and scared them into giving her money. She told them she needed to “draw out bad energy” from them.
Marks convinced them to hand over their credit card numbers under false pretenses. She said she needed to see how often the number ‘6’ came up in their accounts. The so-called psychic’s customers asked for their money back, but Marks refused. She then used their credit cards to purchase items at several department stores.
Marks Believes She’s Being Discriminated Against
The complaint she filed in 2012 states that thanks to her “exceptionally good behavior,” they transferred her from prison to a community corrections program. The program was in Jefferson County and had a residential-style living environment similar to a halfway house. The complaint states that only two weeks into living at this new location, Marks fell in the bathroom of her new ‘home,’ more than likely because she has spinal stenosis.
Her gripe is that because this fall worsened her condition and made her unable to do any work, they removed her and sent her back to prison, which she is not happy about. “You can’t discriminate against people based on their disability,” says David Lane, her attorney. “Prison is far more difficult and horrible than living in a halfway house. The one reason she’s back in prison is because of her disability, and that should trouble everybody.”
The claim states that Marks’ doctors recommended she apply for disability benefits. When she did so, the Intervention Community Corrections Services gave her a letter that said her “medical condition no longer makes her appropriate to remain in the ICCS residential program,” and they sent her back to prison. “Take-home lesson- if you have a disability, you experience all of the joys of a maximum-security prison. If you’re not disabled, you can participate in the government programs available in the community corrections/residential setting,” Lane said.