Records detail how Mentor psychic preyed on clients
Psychic scams traumatized clients replica louis vuitton bags , cost them $1.4 million
MENTOR, Ohio A Chardon man walked into Gina’s Psychic Studio in Mentor with the sole purpose of helping his son. He had no clue that the relationship he would develop with the self proclaimed psychic would cost him his leg.
The man, now 64 years old, met Gina B. Miller around 2000, after his son went to prison. Miller told him that she could keep the son safe but “the work” would not be free.
Miller cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk took at least $265,000 over several years as she asserted greater control of his life. The man even listened when she told him to drink a “special tea” from her homeland for his diabetes instead of seeing a doctor.
Her advice backfired years later when the man became ill cheap louis vuitton bags from china and emergency room doctors amputated his leg to save his life.
Miller preyed on him and at least a dozen other clients’ fears and vulnerabilities to the tune of more than $1.4 million. She predicted that harm illness, financial fake designer bags ruin, death would come to their families if they did not give her money.
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A judge sentenced her April 27 to eight years in prison in the scheme that lasted for more than 14 years beginning in the summer of 2001 until her arrest in the fall of 2015.
“When I first saw the police report, I was appalled at how [Miller] could take these people, who had issues that were delicate, and consciously take advantage of them,” Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulson said. Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office released a 328 page investigative report that details the allegations that led to Miller’s conviction.
A Concord Township woman called the Mentor Police Department replica louis vuitton bags March 30 fake louis bag , 2015 to report that she was scammed by a psychic replica louis vuitton bags from china reader. The woman, who is now 72 years old, had been going to Gina’s Psychic Studio since for close to six months and spent $106,000.
Miller told the woman that her mother and sister placed a curse on her, and that she would need to pay her money to remove it. Miller told the woman that her house would burn and her son would die in a car crash if she did not pay.
The woman’s husband did not know she was being scammed until he found a tax statement for an IRA withdrawal in the mail.
Her report opened a flood gate for investigators that led to more Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags than a dozen other clients with similar stories; that Miller conned them out of thousands of dollars.
Miller was raised Roma, and fortune telling is part of the traditionally nomadic ethnic group’s culture, her defense attorney Louis Carlozzi said during her sentencing hearing. Miller’s family began training her to be a fortune teller when she was just 3 years old, he said.
Lake County prosecutors objected to Carlozzi’s characterization and instead described Miller as a con artist.
Miller opened Gina’s Psychic Studio more than two decades ago out of a small storefront on Mentor Avenue. She took over a business that was previously operated by her partner’s mother, investigators learned.
Miller used the profits from her business to buy a three bedroom house in Madison Township. She lived there with her partner and their two sons.
Investigators contacted the brother of Miller’s partner, who described himself as a “gypsy” another name for Roma. The brother described himself as a “good gypsy” but described Miller as a “bad gypsy” who “scammed little high quality replica handbags china old ladies out of money.”
Miller targeted clients at the “lowest of low in their lives and desperate answers,” detectives said in their report. She told them that their auras were dark and needed correction. Often, the darkness was related to a fraudulent “curse” that she could lift. But she would have to do what she called “the work,” and that cost money.
Clients never witnessed “the work” and struggled to describe it to detectives; the clients later guessed that whatever “the work” was supposed to be never happened.
Miller pressured clients by telling them that “the work” needed to be done in haste. The consequences of any delays were dire. She asked for several hundred dollars for “crystals” that clients were told to carry to improve their luck. The demands grew as she requested thousands of dollars or big ticket items until the client were broke.
This included Rolex watches, a diamond ring, Frigidaire appliances, a kitchen table with four chairs, a 40 inch television, nine cellphones, an Apple iPad, Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, a neon sign, a disco ball, two Cadillacs and a Corvette.
When she got what she wanted, she abandoned her clients. Miller would avoid any clients who did not have money to pay her for “the work.”
Bob Nygaard fake louis bag , an expert hired by the Lake County Prosecutor Office, said Miller scheme was similar to other cons involving psychics.
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The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office hired Bob Nygaard, a private investigator who studied hundreds of similar cases, to review Miller’s case. Nygaard concluded that Miller used careful psychological manipulation to target clients who were “highly susceptible to [her] nefarious schemes to defraud.”
“Miller pretended to be a confidante and friend to her victims. But what she was all along was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags preying upon the vulnerabilities of her fellow human beings and financially exploiting them,” Nygaard wrote in a report for the prosecutor’s office.
Nygaard concluded that Miller fostered a sense of false hope in clients who turned to her when they struggled. She worked to isolate them from loved ones to maintain her influence over them, he said.