A New Jersey psychic has been arrested and charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients who hired her to "cleanse" the allegedly stolen money.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Paula Lee is accused of pocketing nearly $250,000 from at least five clients that dates back to 2004.
The investigation into the case began after a victim came forward reporting they allegedly sought out the services of a Psychic for advice regarding personal issues. The victim allegedly obtained these services from Ms. Lee at her home located in Randolph Township, New Jersey.
The victim, who was not identified, allegedly provided Ms. Lee with increasing amounts of money totaling $76,000 between June 2007 and January 2009 for services. However, according to officials, Ms. Lee allegedly indicated that the money would be placed in an unknown location or at a church location and once the money was "cleansed" (through prayer), the money would be returned to the victim.
In September 2010, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Fraud Unit interviewed an additional victim in this case. That victim reported that sometime in December of 2004 they sought the services of Ms. Lee as a Psychic regarding advice for personal issues and concerns and, over time between December 2004 and April 2008, they had allegedly provided Ms. Lee with increasing sums of money that totaled approximately $160,000 for cleansing purposes allegedly at Ms. Lee's direction.
In October 2010, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Fraud Unit interviewed an additional victim who allegedly provided Ms. Lee with $78,400.00 over a period of time in 2008.
The pattern of deception appeared to be consistent with two more victims, one who provided Ms. Lee with funds totaling $3,600.00 and another totaling $13,300.00 between December 2010 and July 2011.
Lee was arrested June 13 at her place of business known as; "Psychic Readings by Anna", located in Hewlett, New York. She remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 cash only bond.
Lee is charged with numerous counts including theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of property received, financial facilitation of criminal activity-money laundering, failure to pay taxes and failure to file a tax return.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun