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|Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:55 am Post subject: 'Psychic' looks ahead to 6 years in prison
|'Psychic' looks ahead to 6 years in prison
REDWOOD CITY --
A San Mateo woman who advertised herself as a psychic was sentenced today to six years in prison for bilking an 85-year-old woman of more than $80,000 by claiming that both their husbands would die if the woman didn't hand over money.
Janet Adams, 46, pleaded no contest in February to elder fraud. In court today, Judge James Ellis of San Mateo County Superior Court called Adams' actions "despicable" and said he regretted that the maximum sentence wasn't longer, said Steve Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney.
The victim began visiting Adams' Psychic and Crystal Vision shop in the Laurelwood Shopping Center in San Mateo in January 2008. On her third visit, Adams began to shake and cry, telling the woman that her husband would die of a heart attack if she didn't immediately pay $13,000 for "special prayers," Wagstaffe said.
The woman promptly went to the bank and got the money, authorities said.
At the woman's next visit, Adams told her that her own husband needed money for treatment or would die, Wagstaffe said. The woman gave her $9,000.
On subsequent visits, Adams made up stories about having to pay for her newly deceased husband's funeral and for a son's medical treatments, Wagstaffe said. In all, the woman handed over $80,330.
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