A Massachusetts palm reader is accused of scamming a woman out of roughly $71,000 after convincing her that her daughter was possessed by a demon.
The Somerset Police Department began investigating Tracey Milanovich, 37, on Dec. 17 “after a resident reported that she tricked the resident into giving her large sums of money,” according to a press release from the Somerset Police.
Milanovich operated Tracy’s Psychic Palm Reader when she met the victim, police said.
Investigators believe Milanovich “convinced the victim that her daughter was possessed by a demon, and that cash and household items were needed in order to banish the spirit from her daughter.”
Police allege Milanovich has “stolen approximately $71,000 from the victim and the victim additionally purchased multiple household items for her, like towels and bedding.”
Milanovich was arrested two days after Christmas in connection with the allegations. She has been charged with six counts of obtaining property over $250 by trick, larceny and intimidation of a witness. She was arraigned on Dec. 30, at which point she pleaded guilty, CNN reports.
She’s due back in court on Feb. 21.
Police think there could be additional victims and ask anyone who thinks they could have been victimized by Milanovich to contact Somerset Police Officer Donald Cormier at 508-679-2138.
Similar accusations were filed against a psychic in California last year. A woman named Perlita Afancio-Balles allegedly “represented herself as a psychic and after gaining the victims [sic] trust, promised to ‘bless’ and double any amount of money given to her,” the City of Sacramento said in a Crime Stoppers press release. But, the self-proclaimed psychic swiped the cash — a whopping $100,000 — and took off, according to authorities.
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