I know, I know:
NewAgers are so stupid it's almost silly for TMR to want to protect them, but, well, you know,...
The light sentence is a crime in itself, showing - no matter what these liars do - the San Francisco Bay Area courts absolutely refuse to take "psychic" fraud as seriously as they should.
But there's another reason I'm covering this case again (as opposed to just updating the previous post) and it's because I want to highlight a few things for regular TMR readers:
First of all, Lisa Miller only charged a $10.00 fee for a "psychic reading" - which is on the low-end - so she can fish for the gullible with ease, lowering the boom once she got them in the door.
Actual cults may not even charge for their seminars and whatnot, because - as we heard in Maria Bamford's comedy routine - they're eventually going to hit you up, no matter what, once they're assured you're an idiot.
Second, Lisa Miller's victim "finally figured out something was wrong when she read media accounts that Miller's mother-in-law, 56-year-old Lola Miller of San Jose, had been arrested for taking $450,000 in cash and services from a San Jose woman."
Got that? If there's media coverage of these crimes then people tend to wise-up.
TMR would add there shouldn't even be positive coverage for NewAgers who haven't been busted:
Their ideas are stupid, and vile, and ought to be treated as such.
Exposure is what these people fear most, and until they get it, they'll just keep on pulling this crap on anyone they can attempt to manipulate into going along with their nonsense.
Third, I want to point to all the personal elements these three con artists (Lisa Miller, her mother-in-law, Lola Miller, and Lola's daughter, Danielle) were looking for, because it's the usual stuff NewAger cultists use to gain influence over people's lives:
One victim had cancer. Serious illness is a always a big draw for NewAgers. Believe me, I know.
Whether they're posing as a psychic, or a "healer" - or even a doctor - waiting for the sick and desperate to pop-up on their radar is all these vultures are born for.
No matter what the problem is, big or small, they'll handle it - rather than pointing the ignorant and needy to reliable information, or someone who's actually qualified to deal with it - and always for a fee, of course.
Whether you have AIDS, are merely "love-sick", or scared of something (and, thus, need a "cleansing") these creeps are there for you - because they have all the answers - being "in touch with the universe" and all.
Fourth - and this one is related to all the others - these assholes don't know where the bottom is.
Not only are NewAgers preying on the
It's so much better to give all that stuff to them because, clearly, there's some kind of psychic IRS where, somehow, they'll take it to repay the debt you owe.
And by the way, between the three psychics in this one story, they almost got away with stealing as much as $600,000 from just three people.
Let that be a lesson to the rest of you who are so sure NewAgers have pure intentions and it's the "corporations", and the "medical establishment", or "Big Pharma" who are raking in all the dough.
Sure, all of those "entities" are out to make money in our capitalist system, but here's the important thing to remember:
At least those guys have been proven to be actually giving us something in return.