Lakeview ‘psychic’ swindled woman out of $72,000 by promising to remove a curse: prosecutors

Jennifer Williams (Chicago Police Department; Chris Blakeley via Flickr)

CHICAGO — A woman now living in Phoenix has been charged with felony theft, accused of swindling a client out of $72,000 through a fortune-telling scam operated from storefronts near Boystown. Perhaps, as the old joke goes, she should have seen it coming.

Jennifer Williams, 50, has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Prosecutors say Williams, working as an “alleged psychic fortune teller,” tricked a 21-year-old Edgewater woman into believing that she was under a curse. Williams convinced the woman to remove the curse by giving Williams large sums of cash that Williams was supposed to “cleanse and return to the victim,” according to court filings.

The woman gave Williams a total of $72,200 for “cleansing,” but Williams never gave it back, according to the allegations.

Prosecutors listed two addresses where the scam allegedly occurred, one in the 3000 block of North Broadway and the other in the 3100 block of North Broadway. Both storefronts have long featured neon signs promoting psychic services.

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