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September 5, 2013

Hermitage woman charged with fortune-telling

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The woman said “she was informed by Marks that the woman who was placing the spell on the man she loved was going to someone else and spending more money to keep him under her control,” Miller said.

The woman paid Marks $28,098, and Marks would meditate over the money as well as the candles, the most expensive of which cost $5,000, police said.

Police obtained a search warrant and raided the astrology shop July 26. Marks identified herself as a “reader” and said she assisted her customers through meditations to help them relieve stress, police said. She said she sold polished stones and crystals to “assist in meditation,” Miller said.

“She denied that the candles or objects had any special properties or abilities,” Miller said. “Marks denied that she had any special abilities or powers.”

Readings usually cost $45 to $65, and the most a person would spend was $100 to $200, Miller said Marks told him. She said the woman who claimed to have spent more than $28,000 actually spent no more than $700 to $800, police said.

Police seized copies of fliers with clients’ names and other information on them, Miller said.

“Several of these names had dollar amounts printed on them in excess of what Marks stated her fees for readings were,” Miller said.

Another customer told police Marks sold her a candle and stones/crystals to meditate over so that the woman’s husband would leave and the negativity in her life would likewise evaporate.

The second woman paid Marks $80 cash and gave her a $480 check. The check was seized by police. After the seizure, Marks called the woman and asked for a new check, police said.

Four other people told police of buying goods and services from Marks to get an estranged man’s wife to return to him; to get a woman’s estranged husband to fall in love with her again; to get a woman’s friend out of jail early; and to remove “a dark, possibly black, magic that was “over” a woman’s family.

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