Two people who went to a Pasco fortune teller for spiritual consultations reportedly lost a combined $16,200 in cash, gold and jewels when the woman moved without returning the property.
Delma Aide Pineda-Perez allegedly told the clients in August to hand over their valuables so she could pray over the items and make a curse go away.
The money and jewelry would be returned at the end of their consultations in a few weeks once the curse was removed, she said.
The clients told police that Pineda-Perez said they needed to have faith in her.
Pineda-Perez, 36, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with one count of first-degree theft. She has pleaded innocent and faces trial Dec. 3.
Two separate victims contacted Pasco police and identified Pineda-Perez out of a photo lineup, according to court documents. The fortune teller reportedly used the name of Amalia.
At some point, Pineda-Perez moved from her Lincoln Drive home without notice or leaving a forwarding address so the victims could retrieve their valuables, court documents said. Police said that showed a clear intent to defraud the victims.
Pineda-Perez was arrested Sept. 26 and remains incarcerated in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail. She also has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
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