Pay Up and We'll Rid You of Demons: Alleged Scammers
Claimed a Rolex watch would allow them to cleanse one person of evil spirits
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2011 3:36 PM CDT
Bridgette Evans, along with her sister and niece, is facing federal fraud charges after she promised people they could get rid of evil spirits through religious cleansing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   (Broward Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Three women are accused in Florida of scamming people out of thousands of dollars by promising to cleanse them of evil spirits. Federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale say 36-year-old Polly Evans; her daughter, Olivia, 22; and Polly's sister, Bridgette, 32, are facing federal fraud charges and being held without bail. They allegedly promised people they could get rid of evil spirits through religious cleansing. One person was told a Rolex watch was needed to remove demons. Prosecutors say at least $59,000 was scammed from victims in the US and the Caribbean nation of Anguilla.