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Police: Psychic Never Returned ‘Cleansed’ Money

Associated Press, USA
Oct. 19, 2004 • Tuesday October 19, 2004

Dorothy Prier Promised To Get Rid Of Negative Energy

WEST BEND, Wis. — A 36-year-old woman described as a psychic adviser has been charged with misdemeanor theft for allegedly bilking more than $4,000 from a client in a spiritual cleansing ritual.

The criminal complaint filed Monday said that, as part of a scheme to steal $4,444, Dorothy Prier of Hartford told a 44-year-old Jackson woman to wear some of the money against her skin.

The woman paid Prier $20 in June for a tarot card and psychic reading, according to the complaint.

The victim then agreed to pay Prier an additional $185 to “cleanse (the woman’s) negative energy,” the complaint added.

It said Prier instructed the woman to obtain 44 $1 bills, one for each year of her life, and also to get 44 $100 bills.”

Prier “then began a cleansing ritual, which included burning” frankincense, sage and a candle, “to keep bad spirits from being around,” the complaint said.

The victim was told by Prier to put all of the money in a jar containing water, according to the complaint.

Prier told the woman she was going to “take the money to (the) Holy Hill (Catholic religious shrine) to have the money cleansed” and left the victim’s home with $4,444, the complaint said.

The victim asked to have the money returned several times, but Prier did not do so, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Prier could be sentenced to a maximum of nine months in jail and fined $10,000.

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