Skeptic News: 'Psychic' accused of fraud wants to work for online service

From: Sun Sentinel

When a Fort Lauderdale family of fortune tellers was charged with operating a multi-million dollar fraud last year, a judge banned them from working as spiritual guides or psychics — for the foreseeable future or until the case goes to trial.

But Vivian Marks, 22, is hoping the judge will let her apply for a job as a “spiritual advisor and/or fortune teller” for an online psychic service that also provides “advice and professional consulting services,” according to court records.

Marks was jailed for a few weeks after her arrest on federal charges in August 2011, then placed on house arrest and later released from the house arrest restrictions. She recently sought and received court permission to move from Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood and then out of state, though it is not clear from public records where she resides now.

While federal prosecutors said it is not against the law to tell fortunes, they objected to Marks being allowed to work in the spiritual field. The two sides will argue their positions at a hearing Friday with U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins in federal court in West Palm Beach.

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