Psychic team swindles $120,000 off victim; the psychic escapes

Psychic scammer Cathy Johnson remains at large.

‘Psychic,’ 3 others charged by Upper Saddle River police in $120,000 fraud scheme.

A “psychic/spiritualist” working with a pair of twin brothers and a third accomplice conned an Upper Saddle River woman out of $120,000 through a fortune-telling scam in which they promised to help a sick child get better and rid the family of demons, borough police said today.

Three of those charged have been arrested, while the “psychic/spiritualist” who police said masterminded the alleged scheme remained a fugitive this morning.

Beginning in 2011, the victim visited Cathy Johnson at a Route 17 south astrology center in Wood-Ridge, Upper Saddle River Police Chief Patrick Rotella told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

Johnson, who also operated an astrology center on Route 17 south in Rochelle Park, befriended the victim and offered to help rid her and her family of “demons,” the chief said.

She also “promised she could help a sick child related to the victim,” he said.

As the scam progressed, Rotella said, Johnson enlisted the aid of her step-father, Nicholas Demetro, 59, of Paramus, and two 44-year-old twins, Johnny Horvath of Belleville and Jimmy Horvath of Avenel.

Cathy Johnson is still at large. She obtained the victim’s personal information – driver’s license, birth certificate, etc. – to make it appear as if she was psychic. The police encourage others who may be a victim to come forward.

Tip: Ron Bolton

  1 comment for “Psychic team swindles $120,000 off victim; the psychic escapes

  1. Angela
    January 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    On a good note..when I googled the name to see what else could be found about her..Doubtful News link was the first one that came up. =) Not finding much else yet other than a couple of other articles saying the same thing..and what I believe is a business contact page for Psychic Reader. Doesn’t look real complete.

    I hope this person is caught and brought to justice.

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