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Hingham Scanner Tales: Police arrest woman charged in psychic scam

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 17, 2012 10:24 AM

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Police have arrested a Hingham woman who allegedly used psychic reading sessions to scam a Pembroke woman out of thousands of dollars.

According to police, the 69-year-old victim had made several visits in early April to a “psychic and card reading” business at 49 Whiting St. in Hingham.

During those visits, the Hingham woman elicited information about the victim and her family members. On the last visit, the woman told the victim that there was a “curse and a black cloud” over her, and in order to life it, she would need to pay $16,000.

According to police, the woman then told the victim that if she did not pay the money, a specific relative would commit suicide.

The “psychic” also told the victim to bring back a piece of jewelry, police said. The victim returned with an antique $500 ring and a check for $7,000.

The “psychic” told the victim to sell personal items, borrow the money, or bring a credit card to pay the additional $9,000, but the victim said she was unable to pay the additional money.

The victim told her family about the incident last week, and the family immediately contacted the police.

According to police, the check had been immediately cashed.

Police arrested Tiffany Crystal Smith, 24, of Hingham on April 14 and charged her with larceny over $250 (two counts), larceny over $250 by false pretenses, larceny from a person over 65, and conspiracy.

Smith had used the name “Sophie” at her business, where she was the owner.

Smith was currently being held on $40 bail at the Hingham Police Station and was to be arraigned at Hingham District Court on Tuesday.

Police are asking anyone with information about similar cases involving the business or Smith to contact Detective Robert Mansfield at 781-749-1212 or leave information at the Drop-A-Dime link on their website (www.hpd.org).

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