Ah, excuse me if I don’t shed a tear for anyone from the Marks “psychic” family accused of money-laundering, mail and wire-fraud conspiracy and fleecing clients from around the world.
It started with a simple psychic reading for a famous author, then spiraled into a $25 million fraud operated by a South Florida family of fortune tellers for more than 20 years, federal prosecutors say.
Rose Marks and eight members of her family are accused of preying on vulnerable and gullible clients who walked into their storefront psychic businesses in upmarket neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale and New York City.
In her first public comments about the federal charges, Marks, 61, told the Sun Sentinel she did nothing wrong.
“I’m innocent,” Marks said. “I gave my life to these people — we’re talking about clients of 20 years, 30 years, 40 years. We’re not talking about someone I just met and took all their money and ran off.”
The family is facing a 28-count indictment for their activities. They are Vlax Roma, the biggest Gypsy group in the U.S., where the women are traditionally fortune tellers. Their activities spanned many states. Rose Marks capitalized on her contacts to become a personal assistant and life coach to author Jude Deveraux. She made millions. In this way, they claimed they were MORE than psychics, their clients were friends. For more about the Marks family’s exploits all last year, click here.