Tag Archive for fraud

UAE council wants tougher laws for sorcerers because… blasphemy

In the United Arab Emerates, there is a push for stronger laws against scams that are promulgated by “sorcerers”. Apparently just scamming is not enough. It becomes a religious issue too. FNC pushes for stronger laws against charlatans and sorcerers | The National. Lawyers and a member of the Federal National Council have said a…

Lucrative psychic ring busted in Moscow

I do like these stories but there needs to be MANY more busts. Police Bust Moscow Psychic Ring | News | The Moscow Times. Police in Moscow have rounded up a gang of would-be psychics that earned around 200 million rubles ($6.3 million) by offering to solve people’s personal problems through magic, police said Wednesday.…

Psychic Sylvia Mitchell found guilty

MORE good news against psychic frauds! Mitchell’s trial ends. Psychic Found Guilty of Stealing $138,000 From Clients – NYTimes.com. A jury found a Manhattan psychic guilty on Friday of swindling two women out of $138,000 in a case that probed the fine distinction between providing an unusual service and running a confidence scheme. The fortune…

More of the Marks family sentenced for psychic fraud

After Rose Marks was convicted (has yet to be sentenced) for various fraud charges, other parts of her clan made a plea deal. Psychic fraud case: First three members of Marks family sentenced – Sun Sentinel. Three members of a South Florida family of fortune-tellers stood before a judge Monday, vowing to turn away from…

Another psychic life coach on trial for swindling

In an update to this story about the arrest and re-arrest of psychic Sylvia Mitchell, her trial has begun. NYC Psychic on Trial on Charges of Conning Clients – ABC News. The case, one of several prosecutions of fortune-tellers in recent years, probes at the line between selling a service, however unusual, and preying on…

Fake bomb detectors still used in Iraq

Two inventors convicted of fraud for bogus bomb detection devices. And yet, they are still in use. Exclusive: Iraq still using bogus bomb detectors – and thousands pay the price – Middle East – World – The Independent. Bogus bomb detectors are still being used in Iraq five months after a British businessman who supplied…

TV psychic in U.K. guilty of fraud

Honestly this old joke comes up EVERY SINGLE TIME. TV psychic failed to predict court appearance over unpaid debts (From The Northern Echo). A TELEVISION psychic’s personal assistant was left feline (sic) pretty sick when he was asked to cat-sit for a few days – and his lying boss never returned. Convicted fraudster Mitchell –…

Rose Marks found guilty of all counts in fraud trial

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. Jury finds […] Rose Marks guilty…

The Marks psychic fraud trial (Chronology. Now gone to jury.)

The chronology is below. We’ll be keeping tabs on this very interesting trial. I’m sure it will be full of revelation and drama. 29-Aug-2013 Psychic fraud charges – OrlandoSentinel.com. A grandma who gave $1 million over 30 years to a psychic she hoped would make her romantic dreams come true. A middle-aged woman convinced she’d…

Mother faked child’s cancer story

Emily Creno is charged with one felony count of child endangerment. Ohio woman accused of faking young son’s cancer | www.daytondailynews.com. A central Ohio woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations, authorities…

Tacky egg ritual convinced people of evil spirits, gave psychic their money

Two victims, initially embarrassed about falling for the psychic scam, eventually came forward. Police: Manitowoc ‘psychic’ scams two victims out of $35,000 | Herald Times Reporter | htrnews.com. Police in Wisconsin arrested a 37-year-old Manitowoc woman after she allegedly scammed two residents out of about $35,000 with psychic services. She will be charged with two…

Russian TV psychics take old woman’s life savings

Russia also has their problems with psychics and their manufactured “curses”. Russian TV Psychics Face Jail on Fraud Charges. Psychics who charged an elderly Russian woman almost $20,000 to lift a supposed curse have themselves been charged with fraud and now face up to 10 years in jail, prosecutors said Thursday. The 75-year-old resident from…

The lion goes “woof, woof”

A zoo in China uses some pretty lame stand-ins for lions, wolves and snakes. Chinese zoo substitutes lion for dog – Telegraph. “One family surnamed Liu took their six-year-old son to the zoo in People’s Park,” reported the local Dahe Daily newspaper. “On the way, Mrs Liu was teaching her son all the sounds that…

Cancer fundraising fraud trial continues in UK

Money was allegedly used for other personal expenses, not treatment for kids with cancer. Mum’s tears over missing money during Tamworth dad’s fraud trial – Birmingham Mail. A mother wept as she told a court she was unaware £700,000 had been raised for her son’s cancer appeal by a Tamworth dad. Anna Kaye said Kevin…

Coventry peppered with psychic scam advertisements

The title of this news story says it all: Faith healers preying on vulnerable in Coventry with bogus claims of miracle cures – Coventry Telegraph. A warning has gone out for members of the public to beware of tricksters purporting to be faith healers and clairvoyants. They advertise their services through leaflet drops, free newspapers…