New York psychic conned a woman out of over $60,000 for 'demon removal'
We may go to psychics now and again for fun -- or as a last resort for advice -- but we hopefully don't spend a lot of money for a fortune. One woman, however, was swindled for thousands.
39-year-old Victoria Nicholes, or "Psychic Lisa," was arrested for conning a woman out of $62,000. She began her relationship with her 35-year-old victim in 2013. The victim was having marital problems, and Nicholes convinced her that she had a "demon" inside her that needed to be removed.
Nicholes described the demon as a child that the victim's mother miscarried years ago; the only way to remove it would be expensive "removal work." Nicholes convinced the victim that if she did not do this, her husband would leave her for a younger woman.
"Psychic Lisa" initially asked for $33,000, one thousand for each year of the victim's age at the time. This was for special candles used for the ceremony. She then asked for an additional $30,000 for a black dial that would "spring back time."
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After the ceremony was performed, the victim stated the demon was gone. Nicholes, however, continued to ask for money: she scammed the victim into buying a $2,400 tuxedo so she could "renew her marriage."
The victim became frustrated and hired a private investigator named Bob Nygaard. Nygaard set up two operative stings, and claimed that Nicholes solicited money from both. She was soon arrested for grand larceny, scheming to defraud and fortunetelling.