Her clients never saw it coming.
A Maryland psychic who stole $340,000 from her clients after promising to cure them of their curses was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.
Gina Marie Marks, who went by Natalie Miller professionally, convinced clients that, using candles, dyes, rose petals and magnets, she could transfer energy from them to stacks of cash that they’d put inside pillowcases and under mattresses. Then, she promised that she would take the cash to church, where she said she could break the evil curse put upon them.
But Marks never returned the money.
From one newly single woman, she stole more than $83,000. From another woman mourning a lost relationship, just less than $23,000. Two more lost $78,758 and $153,400 each.
“She would begin berating me,” one man, who lost $2,655, told police, according to the Washington Post. “She would say I was not taking her work seriously and demanding more and more money. I would feel bad and cave to give her more money.”
In February, after pleading guilty to multiple counts of felony theft, Marks insisted she really had been trying to help her clients.
“People are racist from gypsies,” she told NBC Washington at the time. “They’re racist on my culture. We do have power. We’re not allowed to talk about it.”
Marks blamed her upbringing for her actions and reiterated that she never meant to hurt anyone.
“When you’re brought up to be a spiritualist, when you’re brought up in these kinds of situations where you go to a candle instead of just letting logic help itself, you get carried away with it,” she told the judge. “And I guess that’s what happened.”
Judge John Maloney wasn’t interested in her excuse.