Edmonton police arrest psychic over alleged crystal scam, 10 people bilked of $72,500
This is the mugshot of the alleged scamming suspect Cynthia Burt, 22. (Edmonton Police Service)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7:32PM EDT
Edmonton police allege there is nothing magic about a woman accused of bilking 10 people of money with a promise that a special crystal would improve their lives.
Investigators say complainants were defrauded of more than $72,500, with the highest individual loss totalling $20,250.
Police say the woman advertised her services as a palm, tarot card and crystal ball reader with an ad that read "Need Help in Love. Do You Want Him Back."
Police say the suspect worked as a psychic using the name "Sabrina Burt" or "Sable," and operated under the business name "Sable Psychic Studio."
Complainants say they were asked to pay a fee of thousands of dollars for a special crystal and procedure that would remove negative energy.
Police say a suspect told the complainants they would get a refund after the crystal procedure but never got their money back.
Cynthia Burt, who is 22, has been charged with 10 counts of fraud in Edmonton and faces similar charges in Ontario.