PARAMUS, New Jersey (WABC) --A woman operating as a psychic in New Jersey is under arrest on charges of theft by deception, after police say a woman paid her over $40,000 to remove 'spirits affecting her life'.
Paramus police arrested 25-year-old Holly Stanley of East Rutherford for the alleged theft that took place between March and May of this year.
This spiritualist is a swindler according to police, who accuse Stanley of preying on people's beliefs and their fears.
On her web site, Stanley touts herself has having a psychic gift. In the case, a very vulnerable victim came to see her.
Police began to investigate following a complaint from a 30-year-old Glen Rock woman.
The victim told authorities that sometime in March she had begun to meet with Stanley. who operated as a psychic at an office on South Farview Avenue in Paramus.
The victim was seeking assistance on personal matters occurring in her life at that time and agreed to conduct a crystal ball reading for $100.
"After the psychic reading, Ms. Stanley, who did the reading, reported to her that she believed there were some evil spirits following her that were causing some of the problems in her life," said Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.
The victim initially paid $5,000 in order for Stanley to assist in removing these spirits.
After several more psychic sessions, Ms. Stanley told the victim that she would need an additional $36,000 more in order to help her, according to investigators. The victim gave Stanley the money.
Finally, on or about April 7, police say Stanley told the victim that more money was needed to remove the unwanted spirit.
"Several weeks later, Ms. Stanley said we still haven't been able to do it, it's a stubborn spirit here, we need another $90,000," said Ehrenberg.
The victim did not hand over the money, and after several days the victim became suspicious of Stanley and reported it to the Paramus Police Department.
Stanley was arrested at Paramus Police Headquarters where she was booked, processed and released on $5,000 bail.
Police warn possible clients to be aware of what you are buying when you see 'Psychic Readings'.
"They find somebody who's in a vulnerable state, and then they start stringing them along, that they can help them and make their lives better, and that's when the people start handing them money," said Ehrenberg.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400.