It took a while for Priti Mahalanobis to realize that she had been swindled by a fake psychic. Only after she had spent about US$136,000 in cash, gift checks, and jewelries did she act.
Mahalanobis came to “Miss Starr”, a Windermere psychic, because she had been perplexed by a lot of problems. She was told by Ms. Starr that her family was cursed.
It turns out that Peaches Stevens, the real name of the psychic, has been into this scheme for quite a while and has already victimized a lot of people.
When she was arrested on November of 2011, the charges were dropped after she agreed to return the sum of $135,898.60.
Then, another similar settlement was heard over at the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office. Charges were dropped against Peaches Stevens or against her aunt, Sharon Stevens, who was also arrested last week for grand theft and for scheming to defraud.
From this case, the two psychics will have to return a total of $50,702.94 in cash, gift cards and other merchandise to the woman that they have scammed. They told the woman that they will vanquish the evil spirits. Despite agreeing to the settlement, both women have not admitted to the any form of liability.
Unlike the other victim, Mahalanobis is willing go out into the open to help others avoid becoming victims of these unscrupulous individuals. She was told by the psychics of a lot of things to do so that the curse would go away. It even came to the point when she had to pay $19,000 for each of the seven “tabernacles”. As to why she never told anyone about this, she was informed by the psychics that the curse will last forever if she did tell anyone.
Source : http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-03-07/news/os-fortune-teller-fraud-20130307_1_peaches-stevens-bob-nygaard-priti-mahalanobis