Miami Woman Arrested for Charging $800,000 for Protection From Voodoo Curses
You won't believe how much insurance against voodoo curses costs nowadays. Apparently your bill can get as high as $800,000 over the course of a decade. (And we thought flood insurance was pricey.)
However, it appears the government does not view voodoo protection as a legitimate business, and Peaches T. Miller has been arrested on grand theft and extortion charges for offering such dubious services.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Peaches (yes, we're ignoring journalistic standards by referring to Miller by her first name, because Peaches is just more fun) was a divorcée in Sunnyvale, California. The victim was going through a rough divorce in 2002 and fighting to regain custody of her daughter when she found an ad for a psychic named Shanna in the back of a magazine called India Abroad.
Shanna, however, was merely Peaches' psychic moniker, and after an initial $175 reading over the phone, she had her victim hooked. Peaches convinced the woman that her husband was casting voodoo curses on her and that the psychic was her only hope for protection.
Peaches even conned the victim into financing the purchase of "mirrors, tabernacles, tassels, etc., which were made of gold and silver and needed to be imported from Italy and Spain," which were tools that would supposedly help Peaches ward off the evil voodoo from afar.
Peaches further told the victim that her ex was abusing her daughter, a baseless claim. The victim then began wiring Peaches money, and Peaches claims she was blessing the cash, keeping it in mystical coffins, and would eventually return it.
The woman was not wealthy and took out home equity loans and extended her credit to continue paying Peaches.
When the daughter was about to turn 18 and the custody battle would become irrelevant, Peaches implored the woman to higher a lawyer to handle the return of the "blessed," supposedly coffin-based cash. That would have turned the case into a civil matter, not a criminal matter. Instead, the victim called police.
Peaches is now being held in a Broward County Jail cell and will be extradited to California.