Psychic charged in swindle

CENTRAL NYACK — A 40-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $1,000 through tarot card readings and fortunetelling.

Dorothy Adams of Summit Avenue in Nyack ran Psychic and Tarot Cards Readings out of a storefront at 269 Route 59, Clarkstown police said yesterday

Police accused Adams of charging an undercover police officer more than $1,000 for several tarot card readings over the past two weeks, Detective Lt. Charles Delo said.

Adams is accused of stringing the woman along with tales that she had a negative aura and needed to do certain things to dispel bad fortune that could come, police said.

“She told the undercover she had negative energy around her and she can help her,” Detective Gerard King said yesterday. “She had to do other things to get rid of the negative aura.”

After spending more than $1,000 with Adams during the two- week period, police said they arrested the woman Tuesday night.

Police charged Adams with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of fortunetelling and fraudulent accosting.

She was released without bail for future hearings in Clarkstown Justice Court or a possible grand jury indictment.

Police began investigating after getting complaints. Delo said the law allowed tarot readings with a small charge as entertainment.

“When they try getting more and more money from you and scaring you,” Delo said, “it stops being entertainment.”

• Anyone who went to Psychic and Tarot Cards Readings can call Clarkstown police at 845-639-5800 or the department’s tips line at 877-639-6233.

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