Another name to be included in the world of psychic frauds: Peaches Stevens. Peaches has allegedly scammed $136,000 from a Florida woman.
According to Florida cops, Peaches Stevens used her flowery words and ‘psychic’ talent to defraud a Windermere resident over the course of seven years. The information was also supported by the Orlando Sentinel. When Stevens was captured, she was thrown in the Orange County Jail, about to face serious criminal offence.
The victim, finally out of Stevens’s spellbinding words, has stated that there were signs that the psychic is not on the legitimate scale. According to Priti Mahalanobis, Stevens told her to stuff 11 $100 bills and 11 names of relatives on a piece of paper, to be put inside an envelope. Afterwards, Stevens told her that the envelope should be placed under the bed with a grapefruit. The purpose is to quell the evil spirit that has been haunting Mahalanobis’s family.
Following that, Mahalanobis bought seven tabernacles—each costing $19,000. Stevens said that the tabernacles are essential for vanquishing the negative energy caused by the evil spirit. Gradually, Mahalanobis felt something was ‘fishy’ regarding Stevens’s requests.
“Thousands of people get defrauded of millions of dollars each year,”
Mahalanobis wrote in her Facebook wall.
“I want to put an end to this so that nobody else will be victimized by these ruthless con artists again.”
In response to Mahalanobis’s plight, the Huffington Post Weird News team interviewed a self-proclaimed psychic who shared tips on how to differentiate a psychic fraudster from an authentic one.
“Grapefruits? Evil spirits in money? It’s bull crap,”
Professional psychic medium Tiffany Johnson said in the short interview.
“Whenever any lame-ass psychic wants additional funds—‘I’ll remove a curse for $5,000, for example’—bells, whistles, and red flags should be going off. A real psychic wants to give you tools so that you can make your own life better. They shouldn’t want you to buy anything externally, especially from the psychic.”
To date, Stevens is free on a $22,000 bond. Despite the jurisdiction banning her from fortune-telling, only time can tell if she will pull another scheme to victimize hopeful people.
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/25/fraud-psychic-peaches-charged_n_1231602.html