Ann Thompson, a self-proclaimed psychic who has worked in Midtown Manhattan for years under the name of ‘Psychic Zoe' was arrested yesterday morning and charged with scheming to defraud and grand larceny. Psychic Zoe was booked for allegedly scamming two people out of nearly $800,000 dollars over the past 5-years.
The first victim, a 49-year-old man from the Midwest was conned out of 72 grand after Thompson convinced the man that he was suffering from a number of psychic maladies which she could cure if the man purchased $72,000 dollars' worth of gold coins and placed them in a special location in her temple. Psychic Zoe even signed a contract with the man stating that he could get the coins back at any time he wanted. When the man asked for the coins back Psychic Zoe refused to return his money.
The second victim, a woman in her 40's from Canada was taken for nearly $740,000 dollars between 2014 and 2017 when ‘Psychic Zoe' told the woman she was in great danger. Zoe hit the second victim with the same gold coin placed in the temple con and was able to keep it going for nearly 4 years. The Canadian woman continued to send 'Psychic Zoe' money over the years to protect her family from demons, evil spirits, and curses. Zoe allegedly warned the woman that if she stopped paying for the protection various members of her family would continue to be plagued.
Private Investigator Bob Nygaard, who works for both victims, and specializes in catching psychic scammers, began working the case in 2016 and made a formal complaint against ‘Psychic Zoe' last month.
According to an article published in the New York Post Psychic Zoe is being held on a $50,000 dollar bond.
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