Another ‘Psychic’ Jailed for Fraud

This seems to be a trend lately, where law enforcement are cracking down on fake “psychics” defrauding the credulous. This time it’s in Florida, where a woman is in jail for allegedly scamming more than $800,000 from a client over the course of many years.

Peaches T. Miller, 33, of Miami, was arrested Saturday in Florida’s Broward County after Santa Clara County authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on suspicion of grand theft and extortion, with an “aggravated white collar crime” enhancement because the amount involved surpasses half a million dollars. If her extradition is approved at a hearing Thursday, Miller is expected to be transported to California within two weeks.

Nationally, “evil spirit” scams and the like have garnered national headlines in major cities like New York, Chicago and Boston. In San Francisco alone, scammers exploited victims out of $2 million in a string of cases last year. Those cases involved larger rackets, but in the case of the Sunnyvale woman, it was someone working solo and likely exploiting victims that number beyond her.

Deputy district attorney Cherie Bourlard said the local case is one of many fortunetelling scams that come across her desk and should be a cautionary tale for those who might consider turning to a self-proclaimed psychic or fortuneteller for anything more than entertainment.

“This is a big business and it’s all rip-offs,” Bourlard said.

That it is.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Lofty

    I wonder if the religious are more often taken in by these scams?

  • Larry

    In the interests of saving internet bandwidth and web browser real estate, applying the adjective, fake, to the noun, psychic, is hereby deprecated as being redundant.

  • democommie

    “This time it’s in Florida, where a woman is in jail for allegedly scamming more than $800,000 from a client over the course of many years.”

    How do such gullible people get their hands on $800K (or more) in the first place?

  • zenlike

    If only she had build a large church in which she could drive out evil spirits and bilk the masses out of 10% of their income, then she would not have been convicted.

    Seriously though, I’m glad obvious scammers are pursued, but is this not exactly what’s being done by those mega-churches/televangelists?

  • anubisprime

    Lofty @ 1

    I wonder if the religious are more often taken in by these scams?

    Well seeing as they believe in pink and fluffy hogwash without batting an eyelid…I would imagine it is more then likely…no one else would be gullible enough!

  • democommie


    You’ll be laughing out the other side of your demonic atheistic piehole when she and all of the other “frauds” are let outta jail by the AG* after the forces of the Kenyanusurper are vanguished in the next PotUS elecdtion. They already KNOW what’s gonna happen!

    * Astrologer General

  • Draken

    You could argue that those psychics are simply a lot less cunning than the megachurch leaders. The former make too concrete promises (in this life) and demand a fee rather than a “voluntary donation”

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