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Psychic convinced woman she was cursed, got her to buy gold bars, prosecutors say

A woman claiming to be a psychic will be arraigned Monday on 36 felony counts relating to commercial burglary, credit fraud and grand theft against an Irvine woman.

Lisa Debbie Adams, 34, is accused of convincing the woman that she was cursed and instructing her do such things as buy $30,000 in gold bars to create a “shield." Adams also allegedly told the woman to open credit cards to buy luxury items to “ward off evil,” according to the district attorney’s office.

The 37-year-old Irvine woman, who was not identified, reported Adams to the Irvine Police Department in 2009. After an investigation, officers arrested Adams at her home in West Hollywood.

The woman was first approached by Adams while out walking in West Hollywood. Adams, wearing a sign that advertised herself as a psychic, told her to make an appointment to be cleansed. The woman was later told that she had been cursed in the womb and instructed to withdraw money from her accounts totalling $96,000, according to a Los Angeles County district attorney's office news release.

Read the full story here.

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Comments () | Archives (8)

1 Question.
How does someone who obviously lacks common sense have access to so much cash?

i don't know where she got all this money, but obviously should be investigated.

Im not a psychic but sounds pretty fishy here

heck, Americans got tricked into spending TRILLIONS on defense when our enemies are riding around on donkeys and old motorbikes, and beat up pickup trucks.

How is telling someone they are cursed and they need to buy luxury items a crime? Nowhere in the article does it say that the psychic told her to buy the items and give them to her.

Another hard hitting article by the LATimes...

Too bad,once again the LA Times reporting is sorely lacking in the classic Journalism 5 "W's" and 1 "H":
Who
What
When
Where
Why and
How?

We are not even told the "Why" -- what was the alleged "Psychic's" motive? What did she have to gain? The article fails to say whether the mind-reader/ swami took the items the mark (victim lady) bought, or had an arrangement with the sellers for a kickback, or what?

As written, it makes zero sense! So what's the crime, anyway?
Giving bad advice is not illegal, or if it is, everyone's families would be in jail for life!

Any one who takes advice from a psychic is a loser from the get go.

These people were just exposed for blackballing, potential wage fraud, railroading and a connection to a suicide, please post this.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/ConsumersSayThankYou/FalseReport.aspx

These people are threatening to sue every site in the industry.

They just took down one site and are going after others.


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