Psychic Vlado pays fine and restitution for scam, then walks (UPDATE: Jailed)

Another psychic caught “tricking”. When are people going to get the message that THIS is what high priced psychics do ALL the time.

Psychic admits ‘tricking victim into $14K rock with healing powers’ | New York Post.

A thieving Upper East Side psychic who duped a victim into paying $14,500 for a rock she says the victim need for a spiritual ritual, pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Scam artist Betty Vlado, 42, conned three victims out of $55,000 by telling them they had black auras that needed to be cleansed.

She convinced them she had these special powers. By agreeing to one count of grand larceny, one count of fortune telling and promising to pay full restitution to the victims by January 15th 2014, and a fine of $5,000, she was free. She paid $25,000 before leaving court. The problem is, she will likely continue with this line of work until someone else presses charges. I have it on good evidence that psychics get away with their methods more often than get caught. Because the scammed victims get their money back, it is seen as a win for victims. But, it’s really not. The beat goes on.

Tip: Bob Nygard

UPDATE (6-May-2014) She was a bit too slow to pay the fine and now is in jail. Jail for psychic who duped customers with ‘healing rocks’ | New York Post.

Tip: Krelnik – see comments below

  3 comments for “Psychic Vlado pays fine and restitution for scam, then walks (UPDATE: Jailed)

  1. ZombyWoof
    September 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    It just amazes me that people still fall for this nonsense. “There’s a sucker born every minute”. “A fool and his money are easliy parted”.

  2. Panama
    September 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Congratulations to Private Investigator Bob Nygaard for another successful case, which resulted in a felony conviction and full restitution, plus interest, for the victim.

  3. May 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Update on this story – Vlado failed to repay the money and show up for court appearances demanded by her plea agreement, so she’s now been sentenced to 1 to 3 years jail time.

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