A woman claiming to be a psychic stole more than $70,000 from a client by telling the woman her 10-year-old daughter was possessed by a demon and she needed the money to banish the spirit, police in Massachusetts said. Tracy (or Tracey) Milanovich, 37, of Somerset, is charged with obtaining property by trick, along with larceny and witness intimidation, Somerset police said in a statement Thursday. Police started investigating Dec. 17 when the alleged victim reported she was tricked by Milanovich into handing over large sums of cash, along with household items such as towels and bedding, to battle the demon, per the AP. The allegations date to Nov. 15, when the woman first went to Milanovich’s business, Tracy's Psychic Palm Reader, for a tarot card reading, police said in their report.
Milanovich was arrested Dec. 27. Per the Herald News, Milanovich has said in a past interview that psychic powers have been in her family for five or six generations, and that her mother and grandmother helped her hone her skills. "It makes the rest of us look bad, who are doing this to help people," another local psychic tells CBS Boston. "There are people who are desperate for an answer, and for someone who calls themselves a medium or a card reader, or a psychic, you shouldn't be taking advantage." Milanovich was arraigned in Fall River District Court this week and released on personal recognizance. Somerset police are asking anyone who thinks they've been victimized by Milanovich to contact them.
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