It may be recalled that a psychic, Rose Marks, together with 9 others have been charged for extorting money and jewelries from clients. With the promise of good karma, health, and well being, the devotees of a South Florida psychic whom federal prosecutors have portrayed as the matriarch of a fortune-telling family with a lust for luxury learned the lesson to be careful the bitter way.
As of now, the suspects (Marks and 7 others) are already in custody in Florida and New York and are facing charges that include conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. A ninth suspect was scheduled to be in court in West Palm Beach while the 10th was still at large. The suspects’ lawyer argued in court that their clients were just running a legitimate business and that they provided counseling for distraught people.
The Unfortunate Law of Fortune-Telling
Psychics, tarot card readers, numerology readers and astrology readers alike beware!
A state law against fortune telling is still in effect in New York!
A 44-year-old law against fortune-telling has struck against 2 Manhattan psychics Samantha Vlado on Horatio Street and Sylvia Mitchell on Seventh Avenue South — as they were arrested last month and charged with the all-encompassing grand larceny. But Sylvia Mitchell, who promised to remove “blockages” for large sums of cash and have been described in this space, was also charged with offense No. 165.35 in the penal code, “Fortune Telling.”
The misdemeanor is said to be punishable by 90 days in jail or a $500 fine and is aimed at people who obtain money for “claimed or pretended use of occult powers” to give advice, answer questions or “exorcise, influence or affect evil spirits or curses.”
The law has been passed in 1967. Since the beginning of 2010, the police said only 10 people had been charged with the misdemeanor. This may be due to the loophole in the law that allows the practice of fortune-telling for “entertainment or amusement.”
Source : http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/us/23florida.html?_r=1&ref=psychicsandpsychicphenomena