Lisa Debbie Adams, West Hollywood Psychic, Cops to Stealing $200k from "Cursed" Client

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A 36-year-old psychic who claimed to be ridding an Irvine woman of a curse inherited while in her mother's womb pleaded guilty last week to stealing about $200,000 from the mark.

Lisa Debbie Adams of Los Angeles cut a plea deal Thursday that had her copping to grand theft with a sentencing enhancement for white collar crime exceeding $100,000. In exchange, she'll avoid jail as long as she repays all the money she stole.
Adams was passing out fliers offering her psychic services in West Hollywood in June 2008 when she spotted the Irvine woman holding a different psychic's advertisement. After Adams identified herself as a psychic, she warned the woman of a "darkness" around her and advised her to make an appointment for a "cleansing."

After Adams discovered the woman had $100,000 in an individual retirement account, several meetings were set up between June 2008 and August 2009 in the psychic's West Hollywood apartment and her client's Irvine workplace. Adams instructed the woman to withdraw various amounts of money, as much as $96,000 at one time, in order to "cleanse" her of the curse and "evil."

When the woman told Adams she no longer required the psychic's services, Adams told her they could not stop what they had started lest the curse befall on the woman's family. Out of fear, the customer continued drawing cash out of her accounts for Adams, who also instructed the woman to buy her $30,000 in gold bars (to make a "shield" for protection) and open several credit card accounts to purchase more than $100,000 in luxury gifts--including clothing, furniture, electronics, accessories, and jewelry--(to "ward off evil").

The frustrated (and poorer) client in August 2009 reported what had been happening to Irvine Police, which launched an investigation that culminated in Adams being arrested in April and charged 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.

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

But, before those counts were filed, Adams had repaid the woman $50,000, and she kicked in another $70,000 before Thursday's court hearing. Adams has pledged to pay $30,000 every six months until she has paid off the $128,000 balance.

If the payments are made on time, Adams will likely be sentenced to probation and community service. If not, she'll be dialing up the psychic hotline from behind bars, according to prosecutors.

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Bernard Hurley
Bernard Hurley

Fortunately religionists don't have the political power to do this sort of thing in the West any more. In the Islamic world they still do.

Bernard Hurley
Bernard Hurley

In the UK there are plenty of non-religious charities both local and national: Oxfam, Mind, Shelter, SAUK, Médecins Sans Frontières and Crisis to name but a few. I am sure similar organisations exist in the USA. Anyone, religious or otherwise, who wants to help their fellow human beings can donate to such organisations or volunteer to help. For instance, if you want to help those with psychological problems, including alcoholics and drug addicts, you can help Mind in a number of way: by being a fundraiser or driver or helping in drop-in sessions; you can even train as a counselor.

I am in my sixties but I have been involved in charity work nearly 50 years. I first became involved collecting for a local charity for the blind when I was a teenager. In such work one comes across many local church groups and, for a long time I did not think much about them. However while I am quite happy to work with some religious groups, over the years I have found problems with many of them such as:

Lack of accountability. In the UK charity accounts normally have to be published. It is therefore possible to find out how much goes into administration and how much into various activities. On the other hand it is normally impossible to find out of what you put into a church collection actually goes to good causes. If a church wishes to collect money  to support its clergy or build churches of buy hymn books that is one thing but to conflate that activity with collecting for the poor seems to me to be a marketing ploy and not a very honest one at that.Conflict of interest. For many religious organisations, spreading religious propaganda is more important than actually helping the needy. This can range from relatively harmless things such as singing hymns to queues at soup kitchens to the deliberate targeting of the most vulnerable. A more subtle form of conflict of interest can be a background assumption of superiority to others; you can only help others on a basis of equality.

The dubious ethics of some of the funding. I don't want things I am involved in to be funded by money extorted by threats of infinite punishment.So on the whole I would suggest that anyone wanting their donations to fund good works should give to genuine charities.

lindalopez34
lindalopez34

Oh, that is a good Gypsy lady doing the Lord's work.

Sam Infusia
Sam Infusia

Not a good scam at all, but hey, my buddy's white mom made tons of cash giving the Kenyan marxist finance minister a lighter skinned black son. See details at wwwdotwhitehousedotgov

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

A few hundred years ago we could have burned her at the stake for being a witch and had a marshmellow roast. Problem solved. Case closed. j/k.

Joseph
Joseph

I saw this coming

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I don't know why this story surprises me.  Every Sunday, nitwits from Irvine pitch thousands of dollars into their Pastor's wicker basket.  

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

False correlation. Most of those religious organizations are involved in much social good to their local communities. A good portion of what goes into that basket goes right back out in the form of community service projects that include feeding and clothing the poor and elderly, faciliating volunteer work, providing daycare and educational facilities for single mothers, etc... while the pastors do a whole lot of counseling for free as well.

Obviously, your comment reveals the depths of your ignorance and bias but thank you for sparing us the depths of your depravity. Now go do something good.

Bernard Hurley
Bernard Hurley

Some religious people and some religious communities do do some good. None of the services you list require religion and can be carried out quite well by people who do not believe absurdities. Moreover if you seriously want your donations to help the needy you will give to charities that have the specific aim of doing that. In that way you can ensure that none of the money on a pastors jet-set life style or inane rubbish like childish "holy" books. Since faith is merely a matter of pretending to know things that you logically could not possibly know it is inherently dishonest, whether or not its adherents realise this.  One of the central functions of most religious organisations is to promote this dishonesty. Personally I would rather give my money to an organisation that promotes honesty.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

You obviously haven't made the rounds to see for yourself like I have. Almost all of the local churches are doing exactly what I said they are doing and much more besides. Many of them are involved in rehab work as well in their local communities for addicted and disabled people as well.

Of course, I'm not talking about televangelists but rather the many local churches in communities across the country. If you're attempting to disqualify what most local churches are doing because of televangelists then you're comparing apples to oranges and going to draw a false correlation like you did.

I don't care if you're an atheist. Everyone has a human right to choose their view of the world. But I'll leave you to your own religious biases as they don't apply to this discussion which has to do with the many services churches provide to their communities with the donation money they take in.

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