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Cops: Psychic Bilked Customer Out of Thousands to 'Lift Curse'

A Wantagh woman who runs a psychic shop allegedly scammed a customer out of $4,900 to help "lift a curse," Nassau County police reported.

According to detectives, Lisa King of Lisa's Psychic Shop on Railroad Avenue, performed a series of psychic readings for a female victim, 49, over the course of one week in mid-June.

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King allegedly advised the victim that she was cursed and would need to give her the money to lift it. 

She reportedly told the victim that she would bury the money and was not to tell anyone about what happened or the curse would return.  

The victim’s money was not recovered.

King is being charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Fortune Telling. She will be arraigned on Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead.

David MacDonald June 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Guess she should have seen it coming.....
tj June 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM
so there is a limit to how much psychics can scam you???? they are allowed to take small amounts and collect 4,000 over a long period of time, but not in 1 shot,,,
Chris Wendt June 30, 2013 at 02:25 PM
That is the Psychic shop next door to Burn, the head shop owned by Eric Berger of Seaford, the Columbia grad who was arrested for taking lewd photographs in the men's room at Robert Moses State Park in August, 2012. Eric Berger last appeared in court in January of this year; he is scheduled to appear next in January, 2014. The two storefronts next to Burn on Railroad Avenue remain vacant, the owner still seeking tenants. Next to those two vacant stores on the other side is an insurance agency with a dilapidated sign for which they have declined requests to repair for the past seven months.
Jillyan 'Fox' Brennan June 30, 2013 at 06:42 PM
....although I know the actions of taking this money are wrong... I don't believe how this woman could be arrested if someone else was STUPID enough to hand over the money... If you are dumb enough to A) walk into a psychic shop (and BELIEVE what they actually say) and B) WILLING to remove a "curse" and BURY almost $5,000... I'm sorry but you deserve that. You're an idiot. And for those of you saying psychics are a scam.. OF COURSE they are, but it's the "Novelty" idea of it that allows them to remain in business. If you take it as serious advise, that's on you. People need to start taking more responsibility for their actions or this world is in deep trouble.
Jillyan 'Fox' Brennan June 30, 2013 at 06:43 PM
*advice.
Ann M. Braun July 01, 2013 at 07:44 AM
I have to agree with Jillyan. What kind of an idiot would part with $5,000 to lift a curse?? Wow.
Michael G. July 01, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Stupid is as stupid does. Don't go to psychics that take money for private readings. It's the second oldest scam in the world.
Kristine July 01, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I agree and disagree. In this case, I don't know enough about the victim, as she could have some disability. I am also in favor of the law helping elderly victims. Just glad that the perp's face is out there. My friends recently wasted their money on her at Runyon's.
Bazzy Soul July 01, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Second oldest? What's the first? I know the oldest profession, but scam? Hmmm. Politics? Religion? Dinosaurs playing three-card monte? I must know!
Christina DeLauro July 01, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Who is crazier, the nut, or the idiot who follows the nut's advice ? Just sayin'.
Christina DeLauro July 01, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Maybe the customer should have been arrested too on a blatant stupidity charge.
Jchow July 01, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Her daughter has a place on Merrick Rd Lena Psychic Studio, they both came to my cousin's house to do a group reading for all of us. They both seemed nuts to me and a waste of $$....walked into her studio one night to find out I had a "curse" and said I would have to come back to get it lifted. I just laughed...and said yea OK lady. What a freakin nut job!! Her daughter is probably doing the same!
Melanie Donus July 01, 2013 at 05:33 PM
@Kristine an j*: I agree. We all have a right to an opinion, however, when did it become OK to slander? Stupid, idiot, nut, blame the victim? Do any of you know the victim? How hurtful it must be to not only be scammed, but to read the heartless remarks from the public. How would you feel if this were your family member?
Micki55555 July 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
But tickets to a John Edwards "reading" are fine? Seriously..if people want to believe this stuff and are willing to pay , how can they have a change of heart and decide they were scammed. I thought they all had a disclaimer somewhere that said " for entertainment purposes only" and that made it OK?
Mindy Weymouth July 02, 2013 at 02:08 PM
It's fraud, pure and simple. I get the "for entertainment purposes only" line, but when you use your "entertainment" skills to bilk the elderly and/or desperate of their cash, you need to be incarcerated. There are no such things as "psychics" or "clairvoyants", just those who are adept at cold-reading, and sometimes self-delusion.
* July 02, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Mindy Weymouth I agree with the fraud but not on "there no such things as (?-things) as "psychics" or clairvoyants", just those who are adept at cold readings, and sometimes self delusion." There are people who are spiritually gifted and have become saints under the Vatican. There are Revs who are known to be gifted as witch doctors. Paranormal is pure and simple as has been written about from the dawn of time.
Chris Wendt July 03, 2013 at 11:33 AM
A person believing they are under a curse has at least two viable options for obtaining help: professional mental health counseling, and, their church. These are not mutually exclusive options.
Lorraine DeVita July 03, 2013 at 08:38 PM
MY first thoughts were the "victim" is slightly short of a few card,how dumb is dumb and when did the lights finally turn on ? 4500 is NOT chump change. But on second thought I came to realize that people will believe in many different things & this individual needed help and support , from family, from counseling or from her church if they were religious. The bottom line the "victim" was taken advantage of by a professional con artist who perpetuated and profited off of the this poor persons delusion, The victim needs professional help and their money back, the CON artist needs a lawyer, to banned & be shut down permanently so they aren't allowed to do this to another person again.
Ralebird July 03, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I feel the letter "D"...I feel this letter stands for "Death"...someone reading this knows someone who has died...or is going to die some day. Now each of you who I just described needs to deposit twenty bucks in my Paypal account...or face the consequences.
Melanie Donus July 04, 2013 at 08:49 AM
LMAO! I actually went to a psychic in my early twenties on Sunset Blvd/LA. She told me the same thing "that I have a curse and it needs to be removed" she told me that the curse was making my body overweight - i told her that i stopped exercising, working tons of overtime and not eating properly - her response "yes, the curse is what empowered you brain to work overtime and everything fell apart". I walked away laughing, unfortunately some people are more emotionally unstable and desperate enough to believe it.
Charlie Cheswick July 05, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Psychic/spiritually gifted/clairvoyants (however you want to label it) = BS, period. Here's an example of the dangers of this pathetic practice: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Psychic-who-reported-mass-grave-north-of-4596687.php

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