Miami Woman Arrested for Charging $800,000 for Protection From Voodoo Curses

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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.

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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.

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16 comments
Sonia Lee
Sonia Lee

how the people can be so stupid?

Tim Detore
Tim Detore

I've protected clients from Aliens, Scientologists and other mind-controlling beings - and for half that amount.

Luis Paulo
Luis Paulo

Not sure why this is a crime. She was providing perceived value to a customer. Who's to say that voodoo curses don't exist? Been to Little Haiti, lately?

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

*hire a lawyer. Not, "higher a lawyer". Did I read that correctly?

Rainy Kinchen
Rainy Kinchen

never regret anything you did because at some point it was what you wanted!

Marcos Perez
Marcos Perez

man if they're dumb enough to pay that it's not her fault.

Lee Glick
Lee Glick

This woman looks like an old client of mine. LoL

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

this is way too funny...what did PT Barnum say? There is a sucker born every minute.

chuckl
chuckl

$800K seems reasonable.  After all, the California woman was apparently not effected by any curses.  They probably arrested "Peaches"only after some "legitimate lawyer or insurance company" couldn't steal any more money from her and felt "Peaches" was cutting into their territory.

Nick Perdue
Nick Perdue

How someone can be charged for this, yet countless people walk for "protecting people" from Hell via indulgence and "donation" boggles my mind. If society can go after one, we should go after them all.

Sheldon Carnegie
Sheldon Carnegie

if you don't want the roots to getcha, ya gotta pay. 'Roots' is what they called voodoo when I was growing up.

Michelle Wedderburn
Michelle Wedderburn

Hmmmm. Do they arrest people for being dumb too? Must be a provision for that. I say jail time for both.

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