Charlotte Hannah
July 25, 2013

Woman Arrested for Protecting Woman From Voodoo Curses in ‘Psychic Scam’

A Miami woman named Peaches T. Miller has been arrested and charged with grand theft and extortion for offering a woman protection from voodoo curses. Miller received over $800,000 from the unnamed victim over the course of a decade.

The victim was in the midst of a rough divorce and custody battle for her daughter when she replied to an ad placed by Psychic Shanna, Miller’s alias.

Allegedly, Miller then spent the next 10 years convincing the woman to buy her “mirrors, tabernacles, tassels, etc. which were made of gold and silver and needed to be imported from Italy and Spain … so that [Miller] could ‘work’ with these materials and vanquish the ‘evil.'”

Miller also reportedly told the woman her ex-husband was putting voodoo curses on her, and that he was abusing their daughter.

Photo credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office

Photo credit: Broward County Sheriff’s Office

She allegedly had the victim send her checks and wire her money, which she claimed she was blessing and keeping in magic coffins so it could someday be returned to the victim. The victim took out loans and extended her credit so she could continue to pay Miller.

Eventually, the victim got wise and reported the whole thing to police.

Can anyone prove the victim is or has been affected by a voodoo curse? Because if she hasn’t, how can anyone say Miller didn’t provide a valuable and legitimate service? She promised to keep the woman safe from voodoo curses, and by all accounts she has.

But seriously, where do we draw the line on stuff like this? I understand vulnerable people need to be protected from scam artists and predators who can dupe even the most reasonable person — but I’m having a hard time understanding why Miller’s in jail while countless “psychics” walk free.

Clearly what Miller did was wrong. She knowingly took advantage of an emotionally distraught, vulnerable person to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Sylvia Browne has told grieving parents their dead children were still alive, and she’s selling books all over the place. Freaking pet psychics are a thing that’s allowed to exist.

So where do we draw the line between scam and legitimate business operation that just so happens to be predicated on lying to the gullible and easily suggestible? Let me know what you think in the comments.