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Woman arrested over alleged psychic scam

March 17, 2010 at 11:47 AM

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- Florida police say a professed psychic not only allegedly bilked a female client, but also convinced her to coat her body in gel and cellophane before jogging.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office alleges Gina Marie Marks bilked the client of nearly $300,000 in cash and other items.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Tuesday among the allegations made against Marks is that she convinced the client to give her thousands of dollars in gift cards to help prevent the client's father from having a heart attack.

Marks, 37, is also accused of convincing the client, whose identity was not released, to perform a series of strange rituals, including coating her body in gel and cellophane before going for a six-mile jog.

The alleged events took place during a 19-month period that ended in February.

The Sun-Sentinel said Marks is charged with illegally obtaining property worth more than $50,000, grand theft and probation violations.

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