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Steven F. Macek is a lawyer out of Norton, Massachusetts. Growing up in Providence, he recalls always wanting to be an attorney in order to help people. He accomplished his dream and worked mostly on probate work, as well as in juvenile court.
“My mother went to a psychic when I was little who told her I’d be a lawyer,” says 44-year-old Macek. “And now I’m a psychic, too,” he adds with a laugh.
Macek got certified through Imagine Spirit Intuitive Arts Institute in Arizona as a “past lives reader” and he is now busier doing his psychic work than his legal work, both which he does out of his office in Mansfield Massachusetts.
“I do it more than law,” says Macek. He began doing private readings back in 2013 and bigger events with larger groups more recently. “It’s getting bigger and bigger.”
Aside from not wanting to visit his father’s grave at the cemetery, Macek doesn’t remember any signs of psychic ability as a child. His father passed away when Macek was only 8 years old.
“When I was 17 or so, my mother and brother would get upset when I didn’t want to go,” he says. “There was something inside me; I knew I just didn’t have to. In hindsight, I guess I felt a connection already with my father.”
Macek says that he was at a large venue when a medium came up to him and told him, “You’re a medium and don’t know it” back in 2010.
Though he was very intrigued by this, he didn’t act on his feelings until a couple of years later when Elix, his husband, signed him up for training through the institute. Macek then began loving and embracing the training, and could not get enough of it, wanting to learn more and do better so that he could begin to do readings for people.”
Much of Macek’s business has been generated by word of mouth he says. “I’ll do a party, they’ll tell friends, and it goes from there.”
Macek gets satisfaction from “seeing the effect it has on people, whether they’re in grief or burdened somehow. Even to lessen that just a little by communicating with their deceased loved ones- that’s the most satisfying thing for me,” he says.
This is an update to a story we covered before, read the original here.
A DNA test has recently proved that the Spanish tarot card reader who strongly believed Salvador Dali was her father was mistaken in her belief.
61-year-old Maria Pilar Abel Martinez has claimed that her mother and Dali had an affair during the year before her birth.
Martinez was able to convince a Madrid judge to allow his body to be exhumed from his resting place so that they could DNA test him for her. His body was successfully exhumed on July 21st of this year, it is worth noting that his iconic mustache was fully and perfectly intact.
The Dali Foundation states that the tests that were carried out have conclusively proved that Martinez is in no way related to Dali.
“The DNA tests show that Pilar Abel is not Dali’s daughter,” read a statement given by the foundation, which manages his estate. The statement was given about six weeks after the exhumation of the body from a crypt inside of a museum dedicated to his life and his work in Figueres, Spain.
If Martinez would have been correct and they actually were related, she would have had claim on part of Dali’s estate. He left his estate to the Spanish state after he passed away at the age of 85 in 1989.
The initial claim by Martinez had a number of Dali experts raising their eyebrows before the body was exhumed. Ian Gibson, biographer, noted Dali’s own claim of “I’m impotent, you’ve got to be impotent to be a great painter”.
How Martinez has responded to this news is unknown at the moment, she has not made a statement regarding the issue. She has been under the impression that she was Dali’s daughter from a very young age because she claims that is what has always been told to her.
An elderly man from New Jersey was scammed out of $147,000 by a psychic and her son. Police say that he was told by the psychic that he needed “treatments to cleanse his soul” in order to live in peace.
According to the Galloway Township Police Department, the psychic, 49-year-old Sally “Kim” Wando of Galloway New York and her son, 24-year-old Franco Marco of Ventnor New York were arrested on charges of second-degree theft by deception and third-degree conspiracy to commit theft after police received a report from a man who felt he was being scammed by a psychic.
Police state that the victim told investigators that he had been visiting with a woman at Village Psychic in Smithville and that she offered him “treatments to cleanse his soul”.
“The first visit required a payment of $5,000,” said the department on an August 25th Facebook post. “After additional visits, Kim recommended a 14-step Chakra program for him to complete which would cost $10,500 per step. Kim advised him that he had eight evil spirits that only she could eradicate via the 14 steps.”
According to police, Wando allegedly took advantage of personal information about the victim’s “unpleasant childhood” that he shared with her so that she could make him believe that she was able to give him relief from his troubles.
“She also predicted further torment in this life and the afterlife if he did not complete the 14 steps,” read the police post. “The gentleman ultimately agreed to the steps and was provided specific instructions to transfer $147,700 from his checking account to her son Frank Marco’s car business, Frank’s Classic Carz in Ventnor.”
The scamming psychic also told the victim that he needed to keep the agreed upon arrangement a secret to everyone or else “more evil spirits” would need to be cleansed from his body. She even told him to tell the bank tellers that he was using the funds to purchase a car. When interrogated by investigators, Wando and Marco told them that the wired money was for the purchase of a vehicle at the dealership instead of for a soul-cleansing program.
On June 20th, 2017 a psychic from Spain won her two-year-old lawsuit for the right to have Salvador Dali’s- the pioneer of Surrealist art- exhumed for paternity testing.
The case goes back to March of 2015 when astrologist and tarot card reader from Gerona, Spain filed a paternity suit in Madrid against the Spanish state, to whom Dali left his estate and the artist’s foundation. Abel is claiming to be the daughter of Dali. If she is correct in her claims, she could be entitled to a very large amount of the artist’s estate.
The ruling last week by a judge in Madrid paves the way for the process of having the Surreal artist’s remains exhumed from his final resting place in Figueres, Spain. Exhuming his body will allow for DNA tests to be conducted, DNA tests that could potentially prove Abel’s claims. According to the BBC, the process to exhume his body could happen as soon as next month. Dali’s foundation already has plans to appeal the decision.
The psychic has had DNA tests performed about 10 years ago using skin and hair collected from Dali’s death mask, but the results came back as inconclusive. Abel claims that her mother and Dali met in Cadaques, Spain where her mother served as a domestic aide to a family to took frequent vacations there and where Dali also had a residence. She states that the two of them met one day and had an affair while Dali was married to Gala, his muse. Abel was born in 1956 and claims that the affair happened in 1955.
The psychic says that her mother told her on multiple occasions, including in the presence of others, that Dali was her father. Dali passed away at the age of 85 in 1989.
A spokeswoman from Dali’s foundation when reached for a comment said, “The Dali Foundation is preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation that will be lodged in the coming days. Our internal legal team, together with the Roca Junyent, S.L.P office are working on this appeal in coordination with the State Attorney.”
There are several Dali experts that do not believe Abel and her claims. One such skeptic is a man named Nicolas Descharnes who co-authored research and books about Dali with his father, who was Dali’s former secretary. His father also served as the administrator of the artist’s copyright until his death in 2014. The younger Descharnes told EFE, a Spanish news agency, in 2008 that there was “no relationship between this woman and Salvador Dali.”
If Abel’s claims are proven correct, the result will have serious financial implications for Dali’s estate. She could be entitled to a 25 percent share of his estate, which is estimated to be about $336 million. His ‘Portrait of Paul Eluard’ (1929) set the record for Dali when it sold in 2011 for $21.7 million, according to the artnet Price Database,
Any sort of psychic, but especially television psychics, are constantly accused of being scammers and deceivers, this is no secret.
There is however, a trick that can tell you who is the real deal and who is just trying to take your money, according to Hollywood medium Tyler Henry.
Henry did an interview with Digital Spy and in it he said: “No one legitimate is going to say something that is going to frighten the person in front of them. That is not the goal of someone that is truly connected to what I believe to be the source.”
“It’s important that you have a validating experience [when going to see a psychic]. The information that comes through for me, comes with the goal of helping the person in front of me. Telling the person something like they are going to die is not helpful unless it can be prevented,” he also said.
“A good way to tell if a psychic is authentic is, if they are going to verbalize these things, it shold be with the intention of helping the person,” he added.
Henry has given about 125 readings on camera in his span as a psychic. He says that all five of his senses are involved when he communicates with the other side and that the result is what he considers his sixth sense.
The young psychic told Digital Spy that he never knew he was blessed with psychic gifts until the age of eleven when he foresaw his grandmother passing away. He revealed his premonition to his mom and the phone rang about five minutes after that to advise them that his grandmother had indeed passed away.
“I would say the nature of what I do can be very overwhelming and some things revolve around things that are not positive,” Henry says. “But I cannot allow fear to dictate my readings. If I allowed fear to dictate my life, I would not be productive.”
“Ultimately I look at the long-term goal of communicating messages. Although I’ve seen some traumatic things, delivering messages of comfort and closure allow for a sense of peace.”
Even though Tyler has years of experience under his belt, as well as being trusted for their readings by several very well-known celebrities, Kardashians included, he admits that he still experiences a lot of skepticism.
Jersey Shore star JWoww was on his show called Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry and during filming, she tried to “catch him lying” by giving him an object and lying to him about it having belonged to someone that had passed away who was very close to her.
“That was quite an experience- she came to me as a complete non-believer,” Tyler says while laughing. “But when the person came through, [I knew] he wasn’t connected to her and I acknowledged that in the reading. I said, ‘He isn’t here for you’. You’ll have to watch the show to see what happened next!”
“She admitted afterwards that she had tried to trick me. I don’t love it when that kind of thing happens but I understand there are people who take that mentality. I like to give people life-changing experiences and turn skeptics into believers.”
Tyler fully embraced his psychic abilities at the young age of 16 and began giving readings from then on. He admits that he has come across several scamming psychics in his field and states that they make it harder for people like him, who have an authentic gift.
“This is why I put such an emphasis on validation and make sure people have experiences where they can validate the information coming through,” he says. “My goal in doing my show is to redefine what a medium is.”
Mentor, OH- I wrote about the scamming ‘psychic’ named Gina Miller here but now that she has been arrested, more and more information about her despicable practices have been coming to light.
Take for example the case of the 47-year-old man from Chardon who desperately wanted to help his son and decided to walk into ‘Gina’s Psychic Studio’ back in 2000. Little did he know that this relationship he ended up developing with her would wind up costing him his leg, both literally AND figuratively!
The man’s son had been sent to prison and he wanted to anything he could to keep him safe in there. Miller told the victim, who is now 64, that she could do special “work” to keep his son safe, but that it would not be free or cheap.
Over the course of several years, Miller ended up taking more than $265,000 from him as she gained more and more control of his life. He even trusted her enough to drink a “special tea” from her homeland to control his diabetes instead of consulting a physician when she advised him to do that.
Unfortunately for him, this special tea did nothing to cure his diabetes and a few years later the victim became very ill and doctors in the emergency room ended up having to save his life by amputating his leg.
He was just one of over a dozen victims whose vulnerabilities and fears Miller preyed on. Combined, she scammed her clients for more than $1.4 million over the years. She would scare her customers by telling them that if they did not give her money, death, financial ruin and illness would come to them and their families.
The money that Miller scammed from them was used to provide herself with a lavish lifestyle. She bought herself luxury vehicles, jewelry, designer clothing, trips to Disney World, as well as embroidered fur coats. She was even able to convince her victims to lease expensive Cadillacs for her, threatening the safety of their loved ones if they did not comply.
Miller was scamming customers left and right for over 14 years, from mid 2001 until late 2015 and for this, a judge sentenced her to eight years in prison on April 27th of this year.
“When I first saw the police report, I was appalled at how [Miller] could take these people, who had issues that were delicate, and consciously take advantage of them,” said Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulson. “It makes me feel certain she deserved every bit of the prison sentence that she received.”
Although there were several victims, it was hard to get interviews from them because, quite honestly, they were embarrassed. They were embarrassed at the huge emotional and financial loss they endured by putting their trust in Miller.
The investigation into Miller began on March 30th, 2015 when a woman from Concord Township called the Mentor Police Department to report that a psychic reader had scammed her. The now 72-year-old woman had been seeing Miller at Gina’s Psychic Studio for about six months and had given her about $106,000.
The scamming psychic told the woman that she would need to pay Miller money to have her remove a curse that her sister and mother had placed on her. She made the woman afraid not to pay her by telling her that if she did not do so, her son would die in a car crash and her house would burn down.
The woman kept her visits with Miller a secret and her husband only found out after finding a tax statement for an IRA withdrawal in the mailbox.
The woman then reported her to police and that resulted in an open investigation that led to over a dozen other victims with similar stories; that they had been conned by Miller out of thousands of dollars.
During Miller’s sentencing hearing, Louis Carlozzi, her defense attorney, told the courtroom that she had been raised in Roma and that it was part of the traditionally nomadic ethnic group’s culture to tell fortunes, adding that she had been trained by her family to be a fortune teller since she was just three years old.
Prosecutors for Lake County objected to her attorney’s characterization however, and described her instead as a con artist Investigators learned that Miller took over a business that used to be run out of a small storefront by her partner’s mother and reopened it as Gina’s Psychic Studio over 20 years ago on Mentor Avenue.
Miller bought a three-bedroom house in Madison Township where she lived with her partner and two sons with the profits from her business.
When investigators contacted Miller’s partners’ brother, he described himself as a “gypsy”, which is another name for Roma. He also described himself as a “good gypsy” and said that Miller was a “bad gypsy” who “scammed little old ladies out of money.”
In their report, detectives said that Miller was able to run her scam by targeting clients at the “lowest of low in their lives and desperate for answers”. She would tell them that they had very dark auras that needed to be corrected. More often than not, this “darkness” in their auras would be caused by a made up “curse” that could be lifted by her. She would tell them that in order to lift the curse, she would have to do what she referred to as “the work” and that it would be expensive.
When asked by detectives what “the work” entailed, none of the victims were able to describe it because they never saw it happening. They later realized that she never actually did anything like what she promised.
She would put the pressure on her clients by insisting that “the work” had to be done immediately in order for it to be effective and that if they waited, the consequences would be dreadful. She would make the clients pay several hundred dollars for crystals that they were to carry with them in order to improve their fortune. Over time, her demands grew to where she was asking them for thousands of dollars and really expensive items. This would continue until the customer would be financially broke.
The expensive items that she would ask for included a diamond ring, kitchen furniture, Rolex watches, nine cellphones, a 40-inch flat screen television, Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags, a Corvette and two Cadillacs.
Miller could tell when a client did not have the funds to pay for her “work” so she would avoid them when they sought her assistance. She would also abandon and avoid her paying clients when she got what she wanted from them and they no longer had more to offer.
When they began their investigation, the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office hired a private investigator who specializes in fraudulent psychic scams named Bob Nygaard to look in to Miller. Nygaard discovered that Miller would use careful psychological manipulation to attract clients who were “highly susceptible to her nefarious schemes to defraud.”
In a report that he wrote for the prosecutor’s office, Nygaard wrote that “Miller pretended to be a confidante and friend to her victims. But what she was all along was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, preying upon the vulnerabilities of her fellow human beings and financially exploiting them.”
Nygaard concluded his report by saying that Miller developed a false sense of hope in clients who turned to her during times of struggle. She made it her goal to isolate them from their friends and family so that she could maintain influence over them.
Another one of Miller’s victims was a woman from Eastlake who met Miller for the first time when she was grieving her father’s death and looking to find her missing cat. The woman is now 50 years old but the statement does not specify when she began seeing the scamming psychic.
Miller promised the woman that she would help her find her cat and charged her $50. It just so happened that the cat returned home on its own that same night.
“She had me, in that moment, in her hands,” the woman wrote in the statement to investigators. “I was totally believing her.”
Over the next several months, the woman ended up paying Miller roughly $3,700. She was frightened by Miller’s gloomy predictions and it wasn’t hard to convince her to perform rituals. For example, at some point during their visits, Miller convinced the woman to dig graves in her backyard and bury figures made of wax that were supposed to represent her children and husband.
If the woman complained about not being able to pay her anymore, Miller would make her feel guilty by asking her if she was “too cheap to save her children’s lives”.
A woman from Painesville who investigators listed in their report as a confidential informant stated that over the course of 20 years, she gave Miller about $344,000.
She had just finalized her divorce in April of 1999 when she met Miller. Miller told her that for less than $200 she could help her find a new partner.
In her statement, the woman wrote; “That began years of continuous blackmail for more money.”
She told investigators that Miller would threaten her with sinister predictions if she ever stopped paying her for “the work”. Among these predictions were that her father would die of prostate cancer, her grandson would die, and that her ex-husband would die in a motorcycle crash.
According to prosecutors, the scare tactics worked. Over the years, the payments added up to extremely high amounts and Miller even got the woman to purchase two expensive watches and furniture for her, as well as lease two cars for her, one of which was a 2015 Cadillac Escalade.
“She told me that she had to have [the money] or tragedy would strike my family- my kids and grandkids,” she told investigators.
A different woman from Willoughby met Miller in 2010. Her 82-year-old mother had just passed away and Miller told her that her mother’s soul was in purgatory because the woman’s ex-husband was supposedly in a cult cast and he cast spells on her and her family,
She was told by Miller that if she paid her $8,200, Miller would be able to help her mother’s soul pass on from purgatory by performing work.
In her statement to investigator’s, the woman wrote- “She [made] me put the money in my right hand and say, ‘let this money be used to help my mother’”.
She also told the victim that there was a darkness in her life that needed to be removed or else she would die.
In order to convince the woman to buy her a $7,800 Rolex, Miller told the woman that “her timing was off” and that was the only way to fix the issue.
By the time everything was all said and done, the woman ended up being ripped off for more than $200,000 and two houses, according to what she told investigators. The only thing the victim ever received from Miller in return was two colorful candles designed to “cleanse the darkness” surrounding her.
These are just a few of the victims that Miller conned over the course of two decades. There are many others though, they include:
A Russian man who lost his wife to cancer in 2011 and went to Miller so she could find him a Russian bride. She told him he was cursed and charged him $142,000, along with getting him to buy her an $8,700 Rolex because again, her “timing was off”.
A mother of a son in the Air Force who saw Miller in 2001 and was told by her that he was in grave danger at the hands of the US Air Force and that if she wanted to save him she’d have to keep paying her. Over the course of fifteen years, she ended up losing her house, several hundred thousand dollars, and even drained her 401k. She bought Miller a Harley Davidson motorcycle and leased a 2004 Cadillac Deville and a 2015 Cadillac ATS for her. The victim was so broke that she began living on tuna, eggs, and peanut butter. She also stopped driving her car as much because she needed to conserve gas so that she could get to work.
A woman from Concord Township who paid Miller over $548,000 after she told her that her long-lost German relatives placed a deadly curse on her. This woman had been a customer of the previous psychic shop owner, which was Miller’s partners’ mother, and just continued going to the shop when Miller took over.
When the Mentor Police Department received their first complaint, they began investigating the psychic shop. They had an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent go undercover as a prospective client so that they could get first hand evidence of Miller’s tactics.
Detectives discovered expensive brand name clothing, shoes, purses and other items in Miller’s house during a 2015 raid. They also raided her psychic studio and found more evidence.
Originally, Miller faced over two dozen charges relating to the scam but she plead guilty to one count of aggravated theft which is a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.
During her sentencing on April 27th, Miller said that she regretted her actions.
“I would just ask that you give me mercy,” she plead to Judge Vincent A. Culotta.
Lake County prosecutor Coulson said that he agreed with Judge Culotta’s sentence of eight years in prison, the maximum sentence possible.
“This was a conscious, deliberate use of psychology against these people. She convinced them they needed to give her money in order to protect the people they love,” he said.
New Milford, CT.- Carolyn O’Brien of New Milford Connecticut had no idea that a psychic reading she had done for her years ago would turn out to be true so many years later. During that reading, a psychic told her that she had seen her with “a check in your hand cheering ‘I did it!’” According to the CT Lottery, this is exactly what has happened to O’Brien.
The lucky lady decided to stop by the store on her way to see her son at school one day and purchased a “$3,000,000 Royale” instant ticket. She later found out that she was the grand prize winner and couldn’t believe it. She began sobbing with joy at the news.
“Everything she told me has come true,” O’Brien told the CT Lottery, referring to the psychic.
She also told the lottery officials that she planned on paying off the basic debts that most people are sidled with, such as mortgage, car payments, loans etc. and is going to spend more time with her dog Shea, as well as getting herself a ‘mani-pedi’.
“The pressure is off. We’re going to pay off our kids’ college tuitions, the mortgage and invest. You don’t make this stuff up!” O’Brien says enthusiastically.
The store that she bought the winning ticket from, AARI Foods Inc. on the New Milford Turnpike in New Preston, will be receiving a $30 check from the lottery commission. In case you’re wondering, O’Brien and her husband chose to take the lump sum option for her winnings.
50-year-old celebrity psychic medium Theresa Caputo was determined to prove to the world that she was born with a special gift.
The star of reality TV series “Long Island Medium” on TLC was on “Fox & Friends” last week and she spoke about doctors testing her brain in front of cameras in an effort to show that there was something unique about her.
“They did find that I do access a part of my brain that we typically don’t and that my brain actually goes blank,” said Caputo about what the medical scans were showing while she was in a channeling state. “It’s almost like it flat lines. Like, it’s clear as I’m channeling.”
Though these results may have been surprising to others, they were not surprising to her.
“I always said that my brain doesn’t work like everyone else’s,” said the medium. “I always said since I was a young child, ‘Mom, I don’t feel right. I don’t feel like I belong. I feel different.’”
Caputo also spoke about how she didn’t fully realize her psychic gift until she was in her late 20s, early 30s. Up until that age, she thought that everyone had the same ability to speak to spirits as she did.
“I thought everyone saw what I was sensing and feeling,” she said.
Like every well-known psychic medium in the public eye, Caputo has dealt with harsh backlash from skeptics and critics who question her ability to speak with the dead but their comments don’t faze her. She insists that helping people move forward after tragedy is her goal.
“You know, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But you speak to the people that I channeled their loved ones and it has changed their lives in a positive way,” Caputo says. “And look, there are common things that spirits have me say. That’s not my fault that thee are only so many different ways that people can die. Those things are common. But spirits talk about unique things that there’s no way I would know about.”
The psychic who predicted the attack in Nice, France, Brexit and Donald Trumps’ presidential win has shared his 2017 predictions.
So far psychic Craig Hamilton-Parker has predicted a volcanic eruption in Iceland, a fire in the House of Commons, and a deadly flu epidemic.
Other visions he foresees are a drought in the United States while Europe experiences a flood, the discovery of an ancient creature that looks squid-like in Egypt and a biological terrorist attack on a school.
The British 62-year-old psychic releases his predictions every year on his website, psychics.co.uk and for 2016 he accurately predicted Britain leaving the EU, the resignation of David Cameron, and Donald Trumps’ presidential win.
His predictions on the website last year also included a gun attack in an art gallery that happened as well as a luxury resort being attacked by terrorists.
This year his predictions are shocking and hard to believe, much like last years but here they are anyways:
A kidnap and assassination attempt at the Vatican on the pope with Swiss guards being killed in the attempt
An ancient giant squid being discovered in Egypt frozen in ice
Bad maintenance being responsible for a very large fire at the House of Parliament
America being divided politically between east and west with gun crimes and riots soaring
A flu epidemic that is worldwide
Kim Jung-un being overthrown and North and South Korea being united as one country as a result
A European school being the victim of a biological or toxic attack
A release of unsavory documents regarding Hillary Clinton that causes her to resign from politics
A crash in the Euro, which results in Italy in Denmark leaving the EU.
If you are not currently familiar with the infamous scamming “psychic” Rose Marks, as well as her family, you can catch up by reading here and here.
Rose Marks is desperate to get her convictions thrown out and has attempted one final time but it does not appear to have been successful.
65-year-old Marks of Fort Lauderdale, is currently in federal prison serving 10 years and owes more than $17.5 million in restitution to the clients she ripped off, including her most famous one, romance novelist Jude Deveraux.
In her latest appeal attempt she attacked her trial lawyer Fred Schwartz, accusing him of misconduct. She testified against him saying that he convinced her not to take a plea offer that would have only sent her to prison for 5 years instead of 10.
U.S Magistrate Judge William Matthewman wrote that her request was “wholly without merit” and recommended that her appeal be rejected.
“This is a case where [Marks] steadfastly refused to plead guilty and insisted upon a trial. Now that she has been convicted and sentenced, she is unhappy with her decision to proceed to trial,” wrote the judge. He also added that this was no reason to grant her an appeal.
Marks and her family made international news because of the absurdity of her scam and also because of how much of a following her main victim has.
After hearing her testimony in 2013, jurors found her guilty of fraud and other related charges. Jurors heard during trial of how her and her family took large amounts of gold coins and cash from their victims. They also heard the victims testify that they were promised the money and other valuables would be returned to them after several “cleansing” rituals had been performed on it. Prosecutors informed the jurors that neither valuables nor cash were ever returned to the victims.
During the Deveraux fraud, which went on for decades, Marks convinced the famous author that she was receiving flirty emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell and actor Brad Pitt.
This most recent appeal, which is the last one she will be allowed to file, Marks also claimed that her lawyer did not put on a good enough defense for her and that he was biased due to a conflict of interest. The conflict of interest she was referring to revolved around an e-book her and her nephew were writing together and which the lawyer encouraged her to be interviewed by the Sun Sentinel, which then resulted in federal tax evasion charges being filed against her.
The judge ruled that all the evidence they had showed how Schwartz kept trying to convince Marks to take a plea deal instead of going to trial but she refused every time. Her also ruled that her lawyer’s defense was more than adequate legally, and that there was no conflict of interest over the future book because he never gave any media interviews with the permission of Marks.
In an upcoming trial, trial judge U.S District Judge Kenneth Marra will make the final decision on the case but it highly unlikely that he will overrule the findings of the magistrate and grant her an appeal.