While most psychic scamming news often tells of how a fraudulent psychic takes money from their clients, the tables have turned for Rosemary Altea. According to prosecutors, her bookkeeper has taken from $120,000 to $200,000 from the psychic.
Altea, who describes herself as an “internationally renowned spiritual medium,” has published several books on psychic gifts. She has appeared on shows like Oprah, Larry King Live and has been featured in magazines as well. As a spirit medium, she calls her spirit guide Grey Eagle.
Although fame seems to follow her, for the last seven years she has been left in the dark about her own bookkeeper’s embezzlement. The diversion of funds is said to have happened between 2001 and 2008
East Arlington, Vermont resident Denise Hall has been funneling the money to her own account for the last seven years. She used four credit cars to obtain cash advances, forged checks and gave herself unauthorized electronic paychecks. She may be sentenced to up to twenty years in prison and fined up to $250,000 for the schemes. Hall has pleaded guilty in court to federal felony charges. She faces one count of wire fraud.
Hall also faces one count of filing a false tax return. She committed the perjury in 2006 when she claimed on her federal income tax return that she made $54,570, “whereas, as she then and there well-knew and believed, it was substantially more than that,” said prosecutors. For this, she faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and an additional $250,000 fine