Monday, July 16, 2018
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Tarpon Springs psychic charged with defrauding veteran, widow out of $155,000

TARPON SPRINGS — A psychic was arrested Tuesday after police said she scammed two clients out of more than $150,000.

Gina Wilson, 31, ran a psychic and palm reading business out of her home at 1845 S Pinellas Ave. She is charged with scheme to defraud.

Investigators started looking into Wilson in November after a 33-year-old military veteran told police he'd been scammed by her while seeking her services to help with his post-traumatic stress disorder after two combat tours in Iraq. The man went to Wilson's home for more than 15 months. She promised to help with "the darkness surrounding him," according to an affidavit.

Wilson told the man to keep their visits a secret and persuaded him to quit taking his medications, stop seeing his doctor and therapist and told him not to speak to his mother. Before he realized he had been scammed, the man had paid Wilson roughly $92,000.

A 61-year-old woman from Palm Harbor told investigators Wilson had scammed her while she sought help to cope with the death of her husband. For months, the woman visited Wilson, who claimed she could help the woman's husband "pass on to the other side." The woman realized what Wilson was doing after Wilson asked her for more money to perform a ceremony at her husband's grave site, police said. The woman had paid Wilson more than $63,000.

Wilson was released on $50,000 bail on Wednesday.

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