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Psychic accused in $25 million fraud says "Anti Semitism"
« on: December 30, 2012, 11:07:47 AM »
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Rose Marks, Donnie Eli, Rosie Marks, Rose Marks and Nancy… (Mark Randall )December 29, 2012|By Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel
It started with a simple psychic reading for a famous author, then spiraled into a $25 million fraud operated by a South Florida family of fortune tellers for more than 20 years, federal prosecutors say.

Rose Marks and eight members of her family are accused of preying on vulnerable and gullible clients who walked into their storefront psychic businesses in upmarket neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale and New York City.
 In her first public comments about the federal charges, Marks, 61, told the Sun Sentinel she did nothing wrong.

"I'm innocent," Marks said. "I gave my life to these people — we're talking about clients of 20 years, 30 years, 40 years. We're not talking about someone I just met and took all their money and ran off."

Offering a rare glimpse inside the secret world of so-called Gypsy fortune tellers, Marks said she used her psychic abilities, Romani beliefs and common sense to help customers she thought were her friends.

Prosecutors have laid out their allegations in a 28-count indictment accusing the family of operating a money-laundering, mail and wire-fraud conspiracy that fleeced clients from around the world — including best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux.

"[Investigators] turned them around and twisted their minds and portrayed me as some kind of monster," Marks said of her former clients in an interview in late December.

Marks was the family matriarch and ringleader of a conspiracy that included her daughter, two sons and their spouses, granddaughter and sister, prosecutors say.All but one family member deny the allegations and the main defendants are scheduled for trial in April. One son, Michael Marks, pleaded guilty to mail and wire-fraud conspiracy last month.The women used assumed names and several called themselves Joyce Michael at their stores near The Galleria mall and the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale.

In Marks' family, the paranormal was the norm, she said. She insists she has psychic abilities — "a gift from God" inherited by the women of her family for hundreds of years.

Marks calls it intuition or insight and explains it as the power to use parts of the brain most people can't reach. Her first psychic vision was at age 9, she said, when she accurately predicted her grandmother's sudden death. "It was scary," she said.

Her grandmother had herself predicted Marks' father would die at age 72 — and he did.

The family are Vlax Roma, the biggest Gypsy group in the U.S., and the women are traditionally fortune tellers, experts say.

 Fortune telling is legal but prosecutors say the Marks committed fraud by refusing to return clients' money and valuables, as promised.

The family's lawyers, led by Fred Schwartz, want the charges dismissed, alleging serious misconduct by the government. Prosecutors have not responded to the allegations but have dropped more than half of the initial 61 charges and cut $15 million from the alleged loss after one judge called the investigation "slipshod."

Marks' family emigrated from Greece in the late 1800s or early 1900s. They adhered to Romani culture and beliefs, such as paying dowries and having arranged marriages, but also tried to assimilate into American life. Their ancestors traveled in horsedrawn caravans a hundred years ago, but Marks grew up in a loving home near Newark, N.J.

Her father, Steve "Boyo" Eli, was a well-to-do landowner and respected Romani judge who mediated disputes within the Gypsy community over land, inheritances, divorces and dowries, Marks said. Her mother was a psychic.

Rose Marks attended public school but followed the Romani tradition of dropping out in third grade. She said she entered an arranged, and very happy, marriage at 16 or 17, and lived in Virginia until she moved to Broward County in 1998.

She and her late husband also opened a Manhattan store — on West 58th Street near Central Park and across the street from the famous Plaza Hotel — with signs touting astrology, the "laws of attraction" and clairvoyant services.

It was there Marks met multimillionaire author Deveraux, who walked into the store in January 1991 and had a psychic reading. Deveraux, now 65, began seeing Marks five or six times a week for hours at a time, Marks said. Deveraux was breaking up with her husband and sought guidance about that and her romantic interest in another man, according to Marks and investigators.

Marks said her relationship with Deveraux developed as a fuzzy blend of customer-turned-employer and friend.

Within months, Deveraux "wanted me to exclusively be her assistant, her consultant, her muse," Marks said.

"We came to an understanding that if I'm supposed to shut down my business and just work with her exclusively, then it would be, you know, expensive. She would have to pay me for 24 hours a day at her beck and call."

Marks claimed when Deveraux asked her fee, she jokingly suggested $1 million per year and Deveraux agreed.