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A woman in Florida who claimed to be a psychic fortune teller has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding a woman out of Texas for $1.6 million to raise a made-up spell on her and her family.
Sherry, John Uwanawich, who also goes by Peter Miller, for the first time, met with the unidentified victim in 2007, when she was living in new york, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a news release on Monday.
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The 28-year-old Uwanawich was a woman, and her confidant, and used her confidence in her trying to convince her that her family was in supernatural trouble, according to the statement.
Uwanawich was moved from Texas to South Florida, where she continues to scam its victims out of $1.6 million dollars, to them in 2014. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
The victim, a medical student, had been suffering from depression after the death of her mother, The New York Times reported. Uwanawich reportedly to blame for the death of her mother, a witch’s curse.
Bob Nygaard, a retired New York city police officer and mental health fraud, a private detective, told the newspaper, for the confidence and trust of the world to take advantage of a victim’s fears and anxiety are a common occurrence in the country as a whole.
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“Do not look down on the victim,” he said. “The credit worthiness of the consumer.”
The hypothetical fortune-teller claimed she needed “large sums of money to buy crystal balls, candles, and other items for meditation and ceremony to lift the curse, prosecutors said. The victim was led to believe that the damage done to her and her family if she does not pay for it.
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The scheme will continue to be for years to come, even after the Uwanawich, moved to South Florida, the researchers said. The scheme was ended in 2014 after a Uwanaich told the woman that she had made the spell.
Uwanawich, previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced last week in Miami, more than a dozen years after the settlement began, according to the statement. They should also have to pay restitution.