UPDATE (29-Oct-2013) Due to an absurd DMCA complaint, this post has been edited to remove the word “psychic”, now replaced with [...]. Note that the wording was a quote, not anything written by Doubtful News.
This was just announced by the reporter following the story for the Sun Sentinel.
Rose Marks found guilty of all 14 counts in [...] fraud case.
— Paula McMahon (@SentinelPaula) September 26, 2013
More details to follow.
Here is the Chronology of the trial that was wacky all the way through.
A federal jury in West Palm Beach has found [...] Rose Marks, guilty on all 14 charges of fraud.
Marks was immediately taken away to jail, and faces a possible 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 9.
Marks, 62, the matriarch of the family that operated out of storefronts in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, picked her victims carefully, he said. Plagued by what they viewed as insurmountable problems, they came to her believing she could contact spirits that would right their torn lives. Instead, Bardfeld said, she fleeced them.
Her crimes included wire fraud, money-laundering and filing false tax returns.
Rose Marks told clients of her psychic business that she could foresee the future, fix the past and even control the Internal Revenue Service — but she was visibly shocked Thursday when jurors took just five hours to find her guilty of masterminding a $25 million fraud.
Her plea for bail was rejected.
Things got a bit dramatic.
Daughter Rosie Marks began hyperventilating and collapsed to the floor in the hallway outside the courtroom. She and her two brothers, their spouses, one of Marks’ granddaughters and Marks’ sister have all pleaded guilty to related charges and are free while awaiting sentencing later this year.
Other members of the extended family shouted and one threw a Bible in the courtroom, yelling “I hate this Bible … I don’t want this Bible anymore.”
What a family! It looks like Marks will appeal.
Addition: One interesting point I see is the despair Marks feels for being in jail and not being able to provide for her family. I believe this is a cultural thing. Their priorities are freedom and doing anything to survive. What will she do now other than die in prison?