Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A “psychic” bilked her customers out of a hell of a lot of money and then wasn’t prepared when authorities came after her.
That’s what happened with Sandra Marks (known as “Catherine Marks”):
Marks operated a business that “offered services such as palm readings, candle readings, tarot card readings, astrological readings and spiritual readings,” according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Marks would tell her clients that she had spoken to spirits and learned that the client and their family were suffering from a “curse” and a “dark cloud.”
To be rid of this “curse,” Marks told her clients they would need to make a “sacrifice” by providing Marks with large amounts of money and valuables, because “money was the root of all evil.”
She was charged with 31 counts of wire fraud after she allegedly received more than $2.1 million from five victims in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado.
Unlike other psychics, though, this wasn’t merely entertainment. Marks ran a con that ruined lives by physically taking something of value from other people. It wasn’t enough to manipulate their emotions. And now she’ll pay the price for it.
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