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Psychic charged with theft

Associated Press, via the Asbury Park Press, USA
Jan. 3, 2005 • Tuesday January 4, 2005

PRINCETON — A woman who promotes herself as a psychic has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a Pennsylvania woman.

Christine Evans, who calls herself Yanna and operates out of a storefront and residence on Nassau Street, appeared in Bucks County District Court late last month to face charges of theft by deception and fortune telling. Assistant District Attorney Joe Visco would not comment on the case since Evans’ lawyer waived reading of the charges in court.

Evans, 35, was arrested in October and accused of stealing the money from a Buckingham, Pa., woman. At the time, Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons called Evans “a con artist” who “preys on people whose lives are in turmoil,” the Times of Trenton reported in Sunday’s editions.

Evans allegedly accepted a $71,000 check in October from the woman. According to court documents, Evans met the woman at a “psychic party,” and made a number of visits to her home to remove evil spirits.

By late October, the alleged victim’s financial adviser noticed that more than $100,000 was missing from the woman’s accounts.

Evans has encountered legal problems before. In 2002, she was charged by Princeton Borough police with stealing $183,000 from a mentally ill Plainsboro woman. The case was dropped after the alleged victim reached a private settlement with Evans, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

In 1999, she pleaded guilty to theft by misrepresentation in Arizona for selling a client $6,000 in gold coins that were supposedly needed for “remedies” and was sentenced to probation.

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