Fortune Tellers Admit Fraud

8 of 9 in one Florida family have now confessed
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 6:52 PM CDT
Fortune Tellers Admit Fraud

Three members of a Florida family of fortune tellers confessed this week that they weren't really communicating with Michael the Archangel and other divine spirits as they took in a staggering $25 million from customers, reports the Sun Suntinel. Their guilty pleas mean that eight of the nine family members charged have now fessed up to charges such as conspiracy and wire fraud, though alleged ringleader Rose Marks, 61, still intends to go to trial in Fort Lauderdale.

One of Marks' daughters-in-law admitted convincing one poor soul who was hearing voices to turn over $400,000 in gold coins. When he eventually asked for them back, she said they "were buried in a cemetery and she could not remember where ... that only Michael the Archangel would know." The fortune tellers have to pay back their victims and face fines and prison time to boot. (More fortune teller stories.)

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