Prosecutor says psychic bilked client - KCTV5

Prosecutor says psychic bilked client

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A psychic faces a felony charge after a client told police that she was scammed out of nearly $15,000.

Nancy Annette Marks, 57, made her first court appearance Tuesday. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe charged Marks with theft by deception. 

Howe alleges that Marks took her readings too far in an attempt to scam money from a customer. And authorities fear more victims are out there.

A Johnson County woman told KCTV5 that she began getting readings from Marks last year after she encountered difficulties in her life, including a divorce. The woman, who asked that her identity not be used, said she met with Marks at her Kansas City office and in various restaurants in Johnson County.

"The session actually ended by her convincing me that I had a curse on me and some evil spirit that was brought on my family and me when I was little and it's gonna stick around and not ever let me have peace in my life and be passed to my children," the woman said.

The woman paid for readings, special candles and directions on sections of the Bible to read for spiritual guidance. She kept paying but grew more skeptical when Marks' financial demands escalated, the woman said.

The Johnson County woman said Marks asked for help in financing a car loan.

"She asked me to go with her to the dealership and get a loan in my name," the woman said. "She even brought up things like would you rather pay $70,000 for this or pay for the funeral of a loved one."

Fed up, the woman went to the Kansas City Police Department and the FBI in Missouri. But those agencies told the woman that they couldn't investigate because she gave the nearly $15,000 to Marks willingly.

Because she withdrew nearly all of the money from bank in Johnson County, she went to Overland Park Police. And detectives there listened to the woman. The embarrassed woman said it was hard to talk about her experience because she said she had been told how crazy she was to have trusted Marks for so long.

"I was very self conscious to talk to the detective and he made me very comfortable," she said. "He listened to my story and the recordings I made of the conversations with the psychic."

Police believe there are other potential victims who may have been ripped off by the fortune teller, but that they are too humiliated to come forward. Don't be too embarrassed to contact police and press charges, said Officer Gary Mason, spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department.

"Definitely our concern is that there are other victims out there," Mason said.

He said call Howe's office or your local police department if you want to report to law enforcement any issues with Marks.

Marks has bonded out after her court appearance, which was done by video. KCTV5 has been unable to reach Marks for comment at her office, which is at 77th Street and Wornall Road.

Marks will be back in court on Feb. 23.

This isn't the first time that Marks has been in trouble with the law.

In 1984, then Missouri Attorney General John Ashcroft filed a lawsuit against Marks and two relatives alleging that Marks told a couple that the wife would die giving birth and the baby would be born blind if the couple didn't pay $25,000. The lawsuit said the three had defrauded individuals out of $320,000 by claiming they could be cured of diseases and personal problems could be resolved in exchange for money.

Because the lawsuit was filed nearly 20 years ago, KCTV5 couldn't find out Tuesday how the lawsuit was resolved.

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