An Issaquah psychic accused of bilking nearly $30,000 out of one customer now faces felony theft charges.
King County prosecutors contend palm reader Paula Ann Adams persuaded a woman to lend her thousands of dollars worth of Nordstrom gift cards, which she was caught on camera spending hours later. One of the palmist’s associates is also alleged to have offered prosecutors $4,000 in an apparent bribe.
According to charging papers, Adams, 36, used a well-worn scheme to bilk a woman who’d come to her seeking spiritual guidance.
Well-worn scheme indeed. We see these stories every week it seems. The article goes on to explain how the psychic begins with a regular reading with a moderate fee. But then goes on to ask for money in order to “cleanse” it from some curse or spirits. That results in huge amounts of money and valuables being held by the psychics and often never returned. The victims are often too embarrassed to speak out.
This case was unique in that the psychic was given gift cards (to cleanse?) which were then promptly used. Adams was caught in an undercover operation.
Publicizing these stories does two things – makes people aware and cautious that this is going on and to speak out if this has happened to you in order to stop it from happening to others.
Better yet, just don’t go to psychics, it’s worthless (well, not to them…)