Chasing unwanted spirits away from a New Jersey woman apparently couldn't be accomplished for $41,000, so when the psychic asked for an additional $90,000 to do the job, her customer balked, police said Thursday. Paramus detectives are treating it as a scam and say it all began with a $100 crystal ball Holly Stanley, 25, who operates as a psychic out of a Paramus office, told the 30-year-old woman who sought her advice that the crystal ball revealed that spirits were interfering with her life, detectives said. The woman paid $5,000 for removal of the spirits in March, they said. After several more sessions, Stanley apparently told the woman that the spirits were rather stubborn and it would take another $36,000 to get rid of them. The woman paid, detectives said. Last month, Stanley told the woman that she needed still more cash to deal with the unwanted spirits. Her spirit-disposal services would run another $90,000, detectives said. "After several days, the victim became suspicious of Ms. Stanley and reported this to the Paramus Police Department," said Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg. Officers arrested Stanley, an East Rutherford resident, and charged her with theft by deception. She was released on $5,000 bail. Stanley hasn't responed to a telephone message asking her to respond to the allegations.
A truly sad story, despicable woman. There are thieves and evil people in all walks of life. While I feel sorry for the victim, I think she does bear a certain responsibility. I mean a few hundred dollars to a phychic, even several times ok, but handing over $41,000?? That's just unbelievable that anyone could be that gullible unless she has so much money that it's just a drop in the bucket for her. Then again I've never been told I have evil spirits around me so who knows. I do hope she can get her money back.