Psychic scam in Florida: $800,000 is a lot of voodoo

Stop me if you’ve heard this before… a woman was bilked out of a ton of money by a psychic scam.

Florida woman jailed in ‘psychic scam,’ accused of bilking Sunnyvale woman – San Jose Mercury News.

A woman is in a South Florida jail cell awaiting prosecution in Santa Clara County for an alleged “psychic scam” on a vulnerable and superstitious Sunnyvale divorcee, bilking her out of more than $800,000 over the course of a decade for protection against voodoo curses and misfortune.

Peaches T. Miller, 33, of Miami, was arrested Saturday in Florida’s Broward County after Santa Clara County authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on suspicion of grand theft and extortion, with an “aggravated white collar crime” enhancement because the amount involved surpasses half a million dollars.

The article notes that psychic scams such as the “evil spirit” or “chinese blessing” scams are nationwide (they are actually worldwide). The Deputy District Attorney gives this good advice: “This is a big business and it’s all rip-offs. If you have personal problems and have to spend money, seek counseling or a credible therapist.”

Don’t go to a psychic. Psychics are not qualified to help you with life problems, financial issues, health concerns and they can’t see into the future.

We have reported on psychic scams I swear every month here at Doubtful News. It’s all we can do to get the word out there. In that respect, I am very glad these stories are coming out in the press and getting around. Education will be the key so that people will recognize these tricks for what they are and not fall prey.

Also of note in this story is Bob Nygaard, “a private investigator who specializes in fortunetelling schemes and who helped build the case against Miller that was presented to prosecutors.”

Bob is after this kind of psychic criminal and is hired by victims to track them down. Bob tells Doubtful News that “increasing public awareness as to the deficiencies that exist in the criminal justice system [is a great service] in regard to the manner in which these types of cases are handled/prosecuted.”

Tip: James Kuhn

Addition. More on the psychic scammers in South Florida and how difficult it is to get charged.

Rose Marks: Judge weighs need for 'expert' witness in fortune teller fraud case – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

  6 comments for “Psychic scam in Florida: $800,000 is a lot of voodoo

  1. drwfishesman
    July 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I thought about submitting this last night after I saw it on the local news. I believe Bob Nygaard is doing a great public service, but I disagree with his assesment that there are “good, fair psychics out there”.

    http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_s_palm_beach_county/boca_raton/a-boca-raton-private-investigator-says-south-florida-is-a-hotbed-for-fake-fortune-tellers

  2. One Eyed Jack
    July 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    A fool and their money…

    How do people this credulous ever amass wealth in the first place?

  3. Private Investigator Bob Nygaard
    July 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    To clarify, what I meant, drwfishesman, is that there are psychics/fortunetellers who operate legitimate businesses that are for entertainment purposes only.

  4. drwfishesman
    July 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Thanks for the clarify Bob! As a person who lives just north of you in Ft. Pierce, I’ve followed your work on the Marks case and the two Mitchells. You are an inspiration.

  5. Brian
    July 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on Casadaga, PI?

  6. drwfishesman
    July 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    @Brian….Interesting article about Casadaga:
    http://www.vice.com/read/inside-cassadaga

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