She should have seen it coming…
“Gypsy Psychic” Linda Marks has finally been brought to book for years spent defrauding the foolish and the gullible. She was sentenced to 4 years in prison and ordered by the court to pay back $2-million to her victims.
Linda, with the help of husband James and police detective Jack Makler, stole millions of dollars from the desperate, who believed her when she told them their money was cursed, and they had to give it to her for cleansing. For some reason, they believed her when she said she’d give it back. Linda commited fraud again, and again, and again, and again (and that was just from the very first page off a google search). Each time she managed to slither out of trouble, with the help of her paid-off police officer. So it was only fitting that when she finally went down, she brought him down with her.
There is a lesson to be learned here – not every psychic out there is a well-meaning but delusional fool. Some of them are master manipulators, who will exploit your credulity for all it is worth. Marks’ scam only worked because people believe in things like curses, magic and miracle cures. As far as I’m concerned, the court should certainly have jailed Marks and Makler, but they shouldn’t have made her give the money back to her victims. They don’t deserve it, and an example needs to be made of them, fools that they are. Because her ‘victims’ were practically willing accomplices, so quickly and unquestioningly did they fall for her tricks. Their punishment for idiocy and for believing in flim-flam is that they got burned, and they shouldn’t be made to feel any better about that. If anything, they should be put up on the stocks next to her.
She should have been forced to donate the cash to the JREF or some other organization dedicated to teaching the slobbering masses not to fall for this kind of crap.