Here is an update to a psychic fraud story from January.
Overwhelmed by problems, Priti Mahalanobis consulted a fortuneteller who told her there was a curse on her family.
After spending nearly $136,000 in cash, gift cards and jewelry to have Windermere psychic “Miss Starr” remove the hex, Mahalanobis came to the conclusion that she had been swindled.
In November 2011, Peaches Stevens — the psychic’s real name — was arrested on fraud charges.
All charges were dropped in September after Stevens agreed to give Mahalanobis and her husband a full refund of $135,898.60.
And, Sharon Stevens, professionally known as Sarah Stevens, Peaches’ aunt, was arrested last week on charges of scheming to defraud and grand theft. She will also reimburse her unsatisfied client.
Their lawyer said “Both of my clients are excellent people who offer excellent services.”
This is unsatisfying and more than a bit annoying! What is to prevent either Stevens’ from trying this again with someone else? As our tipster asks, why they were given a choice by the state prosecutor to return money? If it was obtained through fraud why was she not prosecuted?
It’s good that these victims got their money back but this is a weak resolution.
Tip: David Wood