CHICAGO (CBS) An unnamed Park Ridge woman is probably kicking herself fafter allegedly handing over $62,000 to a mother-daughter psychic team who claimed that they were going to take her "cursed money" to cleanse it of evil spirits; instead, they allegedly stole it, reports The Chicago Tribune.
Laura Santini, 61, and her daughter, Rosann, 35, were indicted this week in Cook County on felony theft charges for allegedly scamming the woman of $62,000, says The Chicago Tribune.
The alleged psychic scam began in 2007 when Laura and Rosann, 35, posted fliers on windshields on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago and nearby suburbs advertising their services, says The Tribune.
"One does not live without problems such as love, health, marriage and business," the flier read. "Why endure them when a gifted psychic can help you with whatever your problem may be?"
Most people ignore these fliers, use them for kindling, throw them on the ground, etc., etc. Unfortunately, this Chicago woman apparently decided that she did in fact have problems that these two strangers could solve.
"They basically were able to convince the victim that some money she had gotten was cursed money and that somehow that curse had transferred to other money that she had," Chicago police Detective Milorad Sofrenovic of the Grand Central area told The Chicago Tribune. "They told her that in order to be able to remove this curse, they needed to take this money physically to a shrine in Indiana and with prayers drive the curse from the money."
Unfortunately, the scared (and gullible) woman allegedly handed over the money, and never heard from the two women again. When she went to pay Laura and Rosann a visit, she saw that there was a "for rent" sign in the window of their home.
The psychic pair haven't been seen in more than a year, authorities said.