We’ve seen a significant ramping up of criminal prosecutions of “psychics” for defrauding their clients, but now an attorney in Houston is suing a local “psychic” for fraud after spending $3200 to have the “psychic” align his chakras so he could find love. The “treatment” didn’t work.
Michael G. Busby Jr. filed the suit Dec. 16 against Psychic Love Spell Center, Melena Thorn, aka Christine Mitchell, and other named defendants.
According to the plaintiff’s petition, Busby went to Thorn on Dec. 4 for a $30 tarot card reading.
After the reading, Thorn recommended a ritual “to unite husband and wife” and sold it to Busby for $500, the petition states.
Part of the ritual involved “chakras,” or centers of spiritual power in the body, which required use of special lights.
For the lights, Busby paid Thorn $2,700, which was placed in a box. Thorn allegedly told Busby she would cleanse the money and return it to him within four hours, along with dolls to represent the man and the woman.
Finishing the ritual involved placing the box under the marital bed and saying prayers, the petition states.
The money and the box were given to Thorn at 5 p.m. Dec. 6, but had not been returned to Busby when the suit was filed 10 days later, the petition states.
As always, I’m of two minds on cases like this. On the one hand, I’d be more than happy to see a “psychic” held accountable for their fraud. On the other hand, if this guy was stupid enough to think that this was going to help him find a woman, he kind of had it coming.
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