Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Evil Money

MIAMI (AFP) - A Florida woman was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to return two million dollars she bilked from elderly people by claiming she needed to exorcise the cash.

Linda Marks, 57, a self-proclaimed psychic and fortune teller admitted that she had bilked two million dollars from vulnerable people, most of them elderly, between 1994 and 2002.

She told her victims their cash was tainted by evil spirits, and convinced them to hand it over to her so she could cleanse it, but never returned the money.

US District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks on Wednesday ordered her to restitute the two million dollars, while former police detective Jack Makler, 64, was ordered to restitute 235,700 dollars.

Makler had admitted to receiving money and property from Marks and to lying to state criminal courts in New Mexico and Florida to help Marks avoid severe criminal penalties.


JustinOther said...

Well, they do say that money is the root of all evil, right?


Sportin' Life said...

Do those people really deserve their money back?

Stardust said...

Sportin' life - LOL! Good point!

But while some are just plain gullible no matter what their age, there are some old folks who suffer from dementia and senility and their children just don't pay attention to what they are doing with their money, etc.