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Another psychic rips off someone.

Once again, a psychic has bilked someone out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ugh.

More after the jump.

Miller has been charged with grand theft in an amount over $150,000, Gibbons said.

The charges allege that she obtained almost $450,000 from a San Jose woman between August 2004 and March 2005.

After reading the victim’s fortune, Miller told the victim that she and some of her family members were cursed and that she needed to pay money to have the evil cleansed, Gibbons said.

She also verbally threatened the victim, according to the charges.

The victim gave Miller about $350,000 in cash and another $95,000 in goods and services.

Ain’t she lovely? Inside and out.

In other news, Sylvia Browne still cavorts merrily around the country, charging hundreds of dollars per hour to tell people how they can relate better to their guardian angels and lying to parents about where their missing children are. The moral of the story: taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from one person is grand theft. Taking hundreds of millions of dollars from many people is perfectly okay.

15 comments to Another psychic rips off someone.

  • GreatZamboni

    The pedantinc, legalistic difference is that psychics like Miller convince people that they’re cursed or whatnot, then take money to “cure” them. Sylvia’s claims are more… diffuse, I suppose. Of course, you could argue that her Novus Spiritus Church makes actionable claims, but then you’d be attacking a ‘religion,’ and that’s one precedent I don’t blame law enforcement for not wanting to set.
    On the other hand, I can just see it: “Pope Benedict, you are hereby charged that you did willfully convince people that they possessed a so-called ‘immortal soul’ and then solicited an as-yet-unknown amount of funds from millions of innocent people to ‘protect’ or ‘redeem’ this alleged ‘soul’. How do you plead?”

  • Once again I damn my morals, scruples and sense of decency for keeping me from making a fortune. I thought atheists weren’t supposed to have those things; I’ve been had!

  • Jim Shaver

    It just goes to show you — be an informed consumer; do your homework. After all, not every psychic gypsy is real… :)

  • GreatZamboni

    Yeah, and most of ‘em aren’t really gypsies, either. Man, that bothers me. I mean, wouldn’t it be offensive if some pasty-white New England guy was all like “Ooh, I’m an African voodoo priest, booga booga”?

  • No if some if some pasty-white New England guy was all like “Ooh, I’m an African voodoo priest, booga booga,” it would be pretty funny.

  • Jon Blumenfeld

    Okay – here goes:

    “Ooh, I’m an African voodoo priest, booga booga.”

    Was it funny?

  • GreatZamboni

    Actually, yeah. I guess that makes me a bad person. But (watch me pull this discussion back on topic, now that I’ve totally derailed it) not as bad a person as Ms. Miller up there.

  • Jon Blumenfeld

    How can you be a bad person with a name like GreatZamboni? Just not possible.

    Booga Booga.

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  • As for the Sylvia Browne issue, it seems simple. Publish some some books (that contradict each other), get TV spots on soap operas and afternoon talk shows and start a church. After that, the law can’t touch you. Now if only OJ had known about that third step…

  • Aragon

    Your moral of the story is totally on point. And it applies to most any ideology. However, the point of a free society is that you can be a loon and say and think loony things and not go to jail. And you don’t say otherwise. Anyway, perhaps the supposed verbal threats were serious enough to make this something other than a free speech issue.

    My take is, if you pay for spiritual direction then you do so at your own risk. Caveat emptor. This goes for any religion and by way of example, Scientology also. It is a crock that Scientologists are being prosecuted for charging members for access to its supposed advanced teachings. If peeps want to pay for these teachings then so be it. The truth of the teachings is irrelevant. If you don’t want it don’t buy it. And yes, I should have avoided Scientology as an example because it’s a hot topic. But that’s why it’s a good example.

    Please don’t tell me about all the stuff they are said to have done. I merely deal with one facet, that being the idea that Scientolists could be prosecuted because they have the audacity to charge people for their materials where they cannot prove that the substance of the materials is true. And no their is no criminal fraud involved here because we deal with an ideology and hence there can be no reasonable reliance upon any representation as to the ultimate thruthfulness or accuracy of a represenation. If you start criminalizing this type of activity then you start criminalizing the sale of bibles of self help books of any number of publications. I for one would never go to a psychic but surely, if someone wants to go the the lady who lives in the purple house and reads hands then they should be able to do so.

  • Jon Blumenfeld

    Where are scientologists being prosecuting for charging for access to advanced teachings? Not in the USA.

    And we’re talking about theft and fraud here – this woman was claiming she could ‘cleanse’ this money and then stole it. Whether this is in the name of spirituality or not, its just plain wrong. Caveat emptor, sure, but fraud is still fraud and theft is still theft.

  • Aragon

    The article states, “After reading the victim’s fortune, Miller told the victim that she and some of her family members were cursed and that she needed to pay money to have the evil cleansed, Gibbons said.”

    She didn’t claim she would cleanse the money. The money was paid and she in return promised to clemse the family of the curse. Kinda like the old days of tithing. This shouldn’t be wrong. However, I’d like to know more about the alleged threat. It is curious that the details of the threat are left out. Likely because the threat amounted to little. Makes you wonder if the prosecution is a politically correct call which says that such cleansing just shouldn’t be allowed and certainly payment of money for such cleansing is wholly inappropriate.

    Perhaps you are right about the Mormons. Maybe it was Germany or somewhere in Europe that was prosecuting scientology for charging for access to materials.

    In any event, the cleansing was not of money here. And the money was paid not taken.

    I should have read the underlying article. Curious,

  • Imperius Rex

    I’m with Galadan. If it’s this easy to fleece the rubes of this world, why not start a religion? It could even be Seinfeld-ian and be a religion about nothing. No priests. No acolytes. (Alright, maybe a few hot nuns). Just a PO box and a tithing pledge. A little marketing and we can just watch the money roll in. Ka-Ching! Who’s with me?

  • nfpendleton

    Where the hell did that picture come from? The image compression gives new juice to the term “potato faced.”

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