Saturday, December 20, 2008

Predicting The Future Is Easy (You Lose)

"An Arlington Heights woman who posed as a fortuneteller fleeced victims out of tens of thousands of dollars by promising to drive away evil spirits, authorities said Thursday.



Gina Reed, 35, was charged with one count of felony theft by deception for cheating one victim out of $10,000 in August 2007.



But Chicago police said Thursday that Reed is suspected of victimizing four others out of an additional $98,000.



Reed promised to return the money after she had driven off the evil spirits, police said, but the victims returned to her Far Northwest Side home and found a for-rent sign in the front yard. 'This caused severe hardship and distress to the victims both financially and mentally,' Chicago police said.

Detectives have learned of numerous additional victims as well,..."


-- The Chicago Tribune