A Charlottesville woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see the past and future has been indicted on multiple federal charges she defrauded multiple clients, one of whom sent her more than $1.4 million.
A federal grand jury indicted Sandra Marks, aka. “Catherine Marks,” in April. Marks, 40, offered astrological and spiritual services at Readings by Catherine in Albemarle County.
Marks, 40, was charged with 31 counts of wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in a sealed indictment returned April 22 in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville.
In the indictment, authorities allege Marks “unjustly enriched [herself] and others by obtaining money, jewelry and other things of value from her customers and clients” based on false pretenses, representations, promises and the omission of facts. She claimed to be clairvoyant and could see in the past and the future, as well as the ability to communicate with spirits from God.
This is a story we’ve heard over and over again. Curiously, note the name “Marks” which appears over and over in our stories about scamming psychics. According to POLICEMag.com: “Marks is a common Gypsy name. The Florida Marks are related to the Kansas City Marks. The Colorado Marks are related to the Las Vegas Marks. Both are into fortune-telling scams and allegedly may be into threats of violence, guns, drugs and arson to maintain control of their territory. Yet, no relationship is known between the two families. Confusion often reigns supreme when identity questions arise.”
Also note one slang definition for “mark”: The target or victim of a swindle, especially one who is easily duped; patsy,sucker: not that he’s more of a mark than other horse nuts/ his ”marks,” as the gullible are called by a pitchman (1883+)
Hmm. Coincidence? I’ve not been able to find much more on this connection but I think there may be one. If anyone has additional info, please include in comments.
Speaking of “palm readers”, check out this video of how one works from the Good Thinking Society. You won’t be impressed but probably really annoyed.