The controversial case of a woman defrauding a psychic has pleaded guilty to federal charges last Monday. The East Arlington resident Denise Hall defrauded a psychic out of as much as $200,000. The charges were filed last week in a US District Court in Burlington before Chief Judge Willam K. Sessions III. She was charged for wire fraud and filing false tax return as part of her embezzlement scheme from Rosemary Altea, a self-proclaimed spiritual medium.
Altea is British-born author and teacher who lives and works out of her home office in Dorset. She claims to be a healer who operates centres in Great Britain and the US. Hall, on the other hand, worked as Altea’s bookkeeper from 2001 to 2008. During that time, Hall stole money from Altea using credit cards issued to her. She drew cash advances and convenience checks without Altea’s knowledge.
Hall also created a bank account in Altea’s name and transferred funds from one of Altea’s accounts to her new account and used the money to pay for the unauthorized credit card bills.
“Denise has, from the very beginning, cooperated with the investigation in every way asked and has taken full responsibility for her actions. This is something that was out of character for her and aside from this one incident she has always been a loyal employee and loving wife and mother,” said David Silver, Hall’s attorney.
Hall pleaded guilty to filing false income tax returns in 2005 where she claimed that her taxable income was only $54,570. Sentencing will occur on Oct. 26, 2009. The wire fraud charges has a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment while the tax fraud charges carries up to 3 years imprisonment.