Woman pleads guilty to fortune telling scam

August 26, 2008 9:18:33 AM PDT
A 56-year-old woman pleaded guilty in Santa Clara County Superior Court to charges that she scammed a woman out of almost $450,000 by telling the victim she was cursed and money would cleanse the evil, the district attorney's office announced Monday.

Lola Miller pleaded guilty on Aug. 20 to two counts of grand theft for the psychic/fortune teller scam, according to the district attorney's office. She was charged with scamming a San Jose woman between August 2004 and March 2005 who gave Lola Miller $350,000 in cash and another $95,000 in goods and services to have a curse lifted from her family.

The victim has since passed away from cancer and her husband said any restitution received will be given to cancer research.

Sentencing for Lola Miller is scheduled for Dec. 1, Deputy District Attorney Stan Voyles said. Her duration in prison will depend on how much restitution her family pays before her sentencing date.

She will receive two years in state prison if restitution of $400,000 is paid, three years incarceration for at least $150,000 and five years in prison if no restitution is paid.

Lola Miller's daughters-in-law were arrested in Aug. 21 for committing similar psychic/fortune telling scams, according to the district attorney's office.

Danielle Miller was arrested in a San Jose motel room while she was "cleansing" a victim of a curse after the victim had paid her more than $35,000, while Lisa Miller was arrested for a 2005 scam in which she allegedly stole more than $100,000 from a victim.


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