'Psychic' arrested for 'sweetheart scams'

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA

Morgan Blake -- also known as Morgan Psychic Blake, Laura Blake, Laura Ann Miller and "South Bay" Psychic Laura -- is facing charges of grand theft and embezzlement, according to the district attorney's office. In a "sweetheart scam" a younger person wins the affections of an elderly person and then convinces the victim to provide them with money or other material items.

Blake is suspected of persuading an 82-year-old man to lease a new car for her, as well as giving her thousands of dollars in cash supposedly to be used in convincing a family member to let her adopt that person's child.

In another instance an 84-year-old victim went to see Blake as a psychic and the two began a close friendship. Blake allegedly convinced the man to loan her hundreds of thousands of dollars over a seven-year-period, by telling her she was the single mother of two children. He also gave her jewelry and household items.

Together, both victims gave Blake more than $450,000 in cash and gifts, according to the district attorney's office.

Anyone with information about Morgan Blake is asked to contact district attorney's office investigator Dennis Brookins at (408) 792-2851.

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