How a Fort Lauderdale Psychic Stole $400,000 From a Woman, Then Asked for Leniency

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​Hollywood fortuneteller Olivia Evans was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Monday and ordered to pay her scam victims more than $400,000. She tried to apologize and reportedly made a relatively big scene in the courtroom, saying, "I was guided in the wrong way of life, and now I realize what I've done wrong," according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The 22-year-old told the judge she wanted to get her GED and "show my children an American way of life," but court documents tell a story of the other American way of life -- the one where you rip off stupid people for everything they've got and hope nobody catches on.

The scam looks to have centered around -- really -- Evans' ability to clean money with the help of her mother-in-law, Pollie Evans, and Pollie's sister, Bridgette Evans. The three lied, prosecutors wrote, "to induce individuals into sending to them thousands of dollars to be 'cleansed' of evil spirits and then failing to return said monies to these individuals as promised."

They told victims "they could determine if evil spirits were present in their lives or the lives of their loved ones and if those spirits were causing illnesses and other problems." The spirits and illnesses would disappear, they said, if they could just clean that cash, wired to them through Western Union or MoneyGram.

In perhaps the most transparent of the South Florida schemes, the Evans crew then just... refused to give the money back. And, because the money had gone through Western Union, they got charged with wire fraud.

And if you're thinking maybe they really thought they could clean the money, Olivia Evans also pocketed a fancy watch -- she said it was necessary that Lisa Sullivan from Fort Worth, Tex. "purchase a Rolex watch with a prism, stating that the watch was needed to be used as a vortex for demons to return to hell." A coincidence that you can't make a demon-vortex out of a Timex from Wal-Mart?

Evans also told Sullivan that "evil spirits were causing her problems and that evil things were going to happen to her and her family," according to prosecutors. Evans then told the woman "to send money to her to take care of the evil things" and that "if she did not send the money as requested, bad things would happen to 'L.S.' and 'L.S.'s'family."

So Sullivan sent the watch, plus $9 grand, and never got either back. The watch was a Rolex model 11-6201, which retails for about $10,000 on its own, according to AuthenticWatches.com. Sullivan said she eventually sent $400,000 between December 2007 and January 2009.

Though Evans pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one of mail fraud last September, her lawyer asked that the sentencing guidelines be reduced both because she pleaded guilty before prosecutors found evidence of additional thefts, and because "the defendants have been identified as Romany gypsies. The art of mysticism, psychic ability and fortune telling have been taught to the defendants by their elders at a very young age."

The lawyer wrote about how Evans had been adopted into a family of psychics at age 5 and was pulled out of school in fifth grade, and that "her vocational interests and direction were provided by her elders and pointed Olivia in a direction of becoming a psychic/healer. Her entire past roles and relevant work history have consisted of the same."

Ah, the old "I come from a family of crooks" defense. The pre-sentencing filing references information in an investigation report that isn't group with the other court filings; trying to get a copy to make that a bit clearer. In any case, here are some of the other relevant documents if you want to look through them:


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Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Hell...

Any respectable psychic knows you have to use PayPal to word off evil monetary spririts.

And a leading edge Ghostbuster would have had an Amazon Gift List.

Ed
Ed

Who has $400,000 in cash or assets lying around that they can just wire to someone? How is it that someone who is wealthy enough to have $400,000 lying around can be stupid enough to think 'washing money' is real. Don't they know Western Union doesn't physically send the cash from point a to point b? How could you be so dumb, yet be able to save that much money?

Manuel
Manuel

This is why I keep saying religion did and does a lot of damage to the societies. You think this has nothing to do with religion? religions promote the idea of "magic" things, brainwash you to be susceptible to this kind of miraculous doings, demons, angels, evil energy, etc. They prepare people to believe and not think and question at all.  

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Gawd is so going to smite the living fuck out of you.  Or is that smote?

Jason Howard
Jason Howard

 Yes, what you think is what I think also, I think you are right.

AlbanyNY666
AlbanyNY666

Anyone dumb enough to fall for that psychic crap deserves to get ripped off because stupidity should be painful. 

nancy reid
nancy reid

 Many people who are mentally ill fall into this trap. They get sucked into the idea that they have are cursed. It is an all too common occurrence unfortunately.

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