A Woodland Hills woman was charged with multiple counts of grand theft for allegedly defrauding a number of local victims. Melissa Lee, 28, identified herself as a psychic and worked from a number of different locations around town.
She used a number of aliases, including “Miss Eve,” “Miss Eva,” “Elaine” and “Psychic Lotus Life Coach.” Police say they’re aware of about a half-dozen victims, although there may be more. According to the complaint, Lee targeted practicing Christians as a way to gain her victims’ confidence.
Lee provided a number of “services” including identifying the source of problems that her victims were experiencing with money, health or interpersonal relationships. Typically, Lee told victims that their problems were the result of negative spiritual forces or curses, and offered to help remove them. According to authorities, the known victims’ losses amounted to about $100,000.
Lee pleaded not guilty to four counts of grand theft of personal property and was released on a $100,000 bond. She could face a sentence of up to 5 years in prison if convicted.
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