Police: Peninsula Psychic Swindles Old Lady

Saturday, Dec 20, 2008  |  Updated 9:04 AM PDT
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Police: Peninsula Psychic Swindles Old Lady

A Peninsula woman who billed herself as a psychic has been arrested and accused of swindling an 85 year-old woman of more than $80,000.

Her clients didn't see it coming.

A Peninsula woman who billed herself as a psychic has been arrested and accused of swindling an 85 year-old woman of more than $80,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.

Janet Adams, 42, was arrested Thursday night and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at San Mateo County Jail.

Her alleged victim visited her Psychic and Crystal Vision shop in the Laurelwood Shopping Center in San Mateo "on a lark" in January for a tarot reading, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney.

Adams persuaded her to make return trips, Wagstaffe said. On her third visit, Adams began to shake and cry, telling the woman that her husband would die of a heart attack if she didn't immediately pay

$13,000 for "special prayers," the prosecutor said. The woman promptly went to the bank and got the money, authorities said.

Read more about the psychic and her alleged antics at SFGATE.com.

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