Palm reader arrested in $25,000 scam
May 28, 2013
By Peter Clark
A psychic/palm-reading scam that ran on Front Street has been exposed, according to court documents.
Paula Ann Adams, 36, of Issaquah, is accused of stealing in excess of $25,000 from a client of the Psychic Palm Reading Store. She’s been charged with one count of first-degree theft and five counts of second-degree theft, according to charging documents.
The victim said in audio interviews with investigating officer Detective Shelby Shearer that she “was going through a divorce with her husband which had created a very vulnerable time in her life.” In November 2012, she said sought spiritual guidance, had seen the store on her commute and began to visit the shop at 195 Front St. N.
After a few readings, Adams informed the victim that the reason she had problems was due to “blocked chakras,” according to charging documents. Adams told the woman that the way to cleanse the chakras would be to clean money involved in the divorce, the charging documents state. She had the victim withdraw $25,000 in cash and purchase $4,000 in Nordstrom gift cards under the pretense that the funds would ceremonially become clean and returned.
After several months, the victim asked for the money to be returned. Adams promised she was holding onto the cash and the gift cards “for her spiritual work,” the charging documents state. The victim then reported the issue to the police.
Adams had spent the gift cards on a range of items, including Tory Burch and Christian Louboutin shoes and men’s suits.
The Bellevue Police Department performed some undercover detecting to see the palm-reading scam in operation. Adams, calling herself April, told the undercover officer that she had blocked chakras that could be cleansed over seven sessions for $500.
The crime occurred in Bellevue and Issaquah between Nov. 26, 2012, and Jan. 13, 2013, according to charging documents.
The police arrested Adams on March 5. Her arraignment is set for May 30.