The Skeptical Teacher

Musings of a science teacher & skeptic in an age of woo.

Psychic Gets Scammed

Posted by mattusmaximus on June 17, 2009

This was just too funny, I had to share it.  Kind of like one of those “truth is stranger than fiction” sort of things.  It seems that uber-psychic & medium Rosemary Altea – who has for years touted her abilities as a psychic who can speak with the dead – got scammed out of roughly $200,000 by a bookkeeper…

Feds: Bookkeeper steals fortune from psychic

The former bookkeeper of an internationally known psychic from Dorset has agreed to plead guilty in court to federal felony charges levied against her by prosecutors who say she executed a scheme to swindle roughly $200,000.

Denise Hall of East Arlington faces one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return after investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s office say she stole money from self-proclaimed spiritual medium Rosemary Altea — using four credit cards to obtain cash advances, forging checks and giving herself unauthorized electronic paychecks all under Altea’s name for the past seven years, according to court records.

So, I suppose the most pertinent question to ask here is: Why didn’t Rosemary Altea, supposed master psychic, see this one coming?

Hmmm… one wonders.  Perhaps because all this psychic woo-woo is just plain nonsense?  So much so that even Altea herself cannot use it to protect her own finances.  But don’t take my word for it, check out this Youtube video on how Altea cheats to give people the impression that she’s psychic and speaking to the dead relatives of the bereaved…

Some people might accuse me of being a bit mean-spirited in “kicking her while she’s down”, but when you make your career out of bamboozling grieving people out of their money, then you don’t get any sympathy in my book.

In fact, if I believed in it, I’d say that Rosemary Altea getting swindled herself was karma 🙂

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