Lisa Debbie Adams Held for Stealing $200,000 from Woman the LA Psychic Said Needed Curse Cleansed

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A self-proclaimed psychic who allegedly told an Irvine woman she inherited a "curse" while inside her mother's womb, required a "cleansing" and eventually took the victim to the supernatural cleaners to the tune of more than $200,000 was scheduled to be arraigned today in the Santa Ana Central Jail court.

Lisa Debbie Adams, 35, of Los Angeles, is looking at 36 felony counts that could fetch her 30 years and four months in state prison, and authorities will only release her from lockup if she can both make her $250,000 bail and prove that all the funds came from legitimate sources.

Which begs the question: Did Lisa Debbie Adams see this coming?

If she had been reading her own palms, tea leaves or angel cards correctly, Adams surely would have known not to approach an Irvine woman walking with friends in West Hollywood in June 2008.

According to authorities, Adams noticed the Irvine woman was holding a different psychic's advertisement and, after identifying herself as a psychic, told the woman holding the ad of a "darkness" around her and how she'd better make an appointment for a "cleansing."

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Wonder if Miss Cleo knows Lisa Debbie Adams?
Greasy, yes, but the illegality began after Adams discovered her mark had $100,000 in an individual retirement account (IRA), claims the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). Adams set up several meetings in her West Hollywood apartment and the Irvine workplace of the victim identified as "Jane Doe."

"Between June 2008 and August 2009, the defendant is accused of telling Jane Doe that she suffered a curse that had been placed on her mother's womb," reads an OCDA statement on today's arraignment. "She is accused of instructing the victim to withdraw various amounts of money, as much as $96,000 at one time, in order to 'cleanse' Jane Doe of the curse. Adams is accused of claiming to Jane Doe that she was working and performing meditations and rituals to rid the victim of her 'evil.'"

When the woman told Adams she no longer required the psychic's services, Adams is accused of telling her they could not stop what they had started lest the curse befall on the victim's family.

Out of fear, prosecutors say, the Irvine woman continued drawing cash out of her accounts for Adams, who is alleged to have also instructed the victim to buy her $30,000 in gold bars (to make a "shield" for protection) and open several credit card accounts to purchase over $100,000 in luxury gifts--including clothing, furniture, electronics, accessories, and jewelry --(to "ward off evil").

Adams is accused of convincing the woman to buy a Mercedes convertible, but the victim could not afford the payments and had to sell it back to the dealership at a $5,000 loss.

Fed up, the Irvine woman in August 2009 reported what had been happening to her local police department. After an Irvine police investigation, officers arrested Adams at her home on Friday. The OCDA later charged the 35-year-old with 32 felony counts of second degree commercial burglary, two felony counts of credit fraud, one felony count of grand theft, and one felony count of dissuading a witness with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property loss over $200,000.

Our crystal ball shows Deputy District Attorney Matt Lockhart of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

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20 comments
Woffie30
Woffie30

Hay inflation is hitting us all

Vern
Vern

I'm still waiting for all that money the Nigerian prince is going to send me....any day now.

James Randi
James Randi

This story can be a template for countless others. Just change the locations, the names and dates, the amounts involved, and you have another account of how foolish, superstitious, people fall for this swindle all over the world, every day. When will the public ever grow up and get real? At the James Randi Educational Foundation, we've been fighting this sort of scam and offered our very real million-dollar prize to these "psychics" and "readers" for the past decade, and yet I see no lineup of applicants outside my door...!

James Randi

Nope
Nope

A fool and her money are soon parted...

Nancie
Nancie

I need to qualify myself here. To help pay my way through school - undergrad and grad - I read tarot cards at parties. I have had friends who are professional psychics. Some have great integrity, some are total con artists. I also have a degree is Spiritual Psychology.

The accused actions are not unusual with in the street corner Psychics world. The extent that she went to, is. Had she not become greedy, chances are she could have created a comfortable stream of income for herself with referrals to boot! Not saying that it's in anyway ethical. Finding a good mental health provider who has some spiritual leaning would be better in the long run, but as I said, the Accused stands to be as foolish as the victim.

Jeff Sveiven
Jeff Sveiven

no one should be able to sue for being dumb enough to believe this shit

Kapursanjay
Kapursanjay

Is this THE James Randi ? I agree with your comment. The public will get real when classes on skepticism are mandatory in school.

Woffie30
Woffie30

that implis im a fool becos im married

Bill T.
Bill T.

If you and your "legit" friends are so hot, why have none of you claimed the James Randi $1,000,000 challenge?

Trianglei
Trianglei

"Some have great integrity???"-you mean to say, they are deluded."a degree in spiritual psychology?"-you were fooled too, of your money."Finding a good mental health provider who has some spiritual leaning would be better in the long run"un-freaking-believable, you live in a cave??

logic man
logic man

How does anyone know if the poor woman really was born with a curse on her??? Who can prove it wrong??? The Catholic Church says that bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ during mass. But does any law officer come and arrest the priest because it's not? How much is the Catholic Church worth??? I would love to be in the court to hear this case...

Tuckerboy4
Tuckerboy4

People should not judge others unless they have walked in their shoes.  This is theft by deception.  I will see to it that this woman goes to jail for a long time.

Locate1234
Locate1234

Isn't this the same thing as someones grandmother going to church and giving money for St. Jude to grant a miracle? I would love to be in court to hear this case... Lots of stupid people out there. But now you can drag in ALL the churches in the world. And check on their success for doing what people prey for... all the time giving their hard earned income to support their churchs.

Mike in FL
Mike in FL

Jeff, you'd better hope nobody you care about has their lives ruined by this sort of nonsense. In any case, the law is about stomping a mudhole in the people who would try this crap on people. Also, don't think you're above being swindled by this sort. All it takes is a change of approach by switching supernatural trappings for more mundane business ones.

Bill T.
Bill T.

... and all I hear is the sound of the crickets chirping in the night, whatta surprise.

Woffie30
Woffie30

...... thats right brothers dont forget to send mony...... sent mor mony.........be saved and send mony...........god loves you soooo send mony............call 1000-dumb-ass and use your credit card.....

ad dude
ad dude

I had family fall victim to a similar crime. I called her the same color of dumbass that I would this one. Her own damn fault. Sounds more like an issue with saying NO to me..

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