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September 5, 2013

Hermitage woman charged with fortune-telling

---- — A Hermitage woman has been charged with fortune telling and other offenses for telling people she could change "forces" in their lives and selling candles, cleansing washes and crystals that she claimed had supernatural capabilities, police said.

Jennifer Marks, 26, of 59 N. Crescent Drive, turned herself in Wednesday on Hermitage police charges of six counts of fortune telling, two counts of theft and one count of attempted theft.

She was arraigned by District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, who set a preliminary hearing for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12. Marks posted bond.

The charges cover the period of September 2012 through July and police said they investigated a complaint lodged June 14.

The original complainant said she spent almost $30,000 at Jennifer’s Astrology Shop, which is located at Marks’ home. Marks performed palm and Tarot card readings, police said.

The woman said Marks told her at a reading in October that a man the woman was in love with “was under a spell of mystical influence which was making him sick and preventing him from being with her,” detective John Miller said in an affidavit of probable cause.

Marks asked the woman for personal items belonging to the man so she could meditate on them, and the woman complied, police said.

“She said that Marks told her that she could help remove the spell from this man but that it would cost a lot of money,” Miller said.

The woman said she believed that the man was in danger from the spell.

The woman would buy a candle from Marks that Marks had meditated over, and followed instructions Marks gave her as to when and how long the candle was burned, Miller said. The woman also was told the woman to meditate while the candle burned, police said.

After a week of no results, the woman returned to Marks, police said.

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