The Marks family, of Fort Lauderdale Florida, have been legally banned from working as fortune tellers or spiritual healers while the federal case is being investigated.
This has left the family with something of a cash flow problem and in response they have set up a website — marksfamilydefense.com — a Twitter account and an online fundraising page with an initial goal of $5,000. They have approached celebrities on twitter such as Oprah, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, money expert Suze Orman and even televangelist Joel Osteen for support.
Rose Marks, the families “matriarch” was arrested, with nine associates, on federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and defrauding clients of $40 million. Prosecutors said the family preyed on clients of their store front psychic businesses in Fort Lauderdale and beside The Plaza Hotel in uptown Manhattan. According to the charges, the Marks women told customers they could tell the future, cure diseases, chase away evil spirits and remove curses in exchange for money, jewellery and other valuable items. Among the alleged victims is best selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux.
The fraud case hinges on the allegation that they claimed they would return money and valuables if asked then but refused to do so.