Two years ago, so called psychic Rose Marks of Florida was charged with fraud after taking over $20 million from author Jude Deveraux and undisclosed amounts from other clients.
It took two years, but she has been convicted on all counts and faces up to 20 years in prison.
When the trial began, cynics scoffed at the notion that a psychic could be charged with separating a fool and his money.
But, prosecutors methodically built a case, showing how Marks, her daughters-in-law and even her granddaughter preyed on broken people who came to their storefronts in midtown Manhattan and Fort Lauderdale to deal with tragedies life had handed them. Instead of solace or guidance, they told clients the only way out was to give them money — lots of it — with the promise it would one day be returned. Instead, the psychics amassed a roughly $25 million fortune.
On the defence, Attorney Fred Schwartz unsuccessfully argued:
the government seized all of Marks’ assets — including cars, a boat, motorcycles, jewelry, gold coins and a home near the Intracoastal Waterway. During the trial, he portrayed the victims as satisfied customers who were improperly convinced they were victims by Stack.
As the leader of the group, she faces the toughest sentences, but the rest of the family didn’t get away scot free.
Her daughter and son-in-law, her two sons and their wives, her sister and granddaughter also each pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire/mail fraud. They will be sentenced before Marks learns her fate on Dec. 9.
Despite her acquired wealth, Rose Marks was a relatively small-time fraud who stayed local and focused on a few wealthy victims. Well known psychics such as John Edwards, Allison Dubois, and other are no less culpable in their actions. Edwards has been caught attempting to pass previous knowledge as coming from the spirit world.
There have been no examples of psychic phenomena being demonstrated accurate, and yet, the perpetrators of, what can only be described as fraud, continue to walk free and victimize the gullible. I’d like to think that there will be more prosecutions of psychics, but given the broad acceptance of the belief, i can’t see it happening.