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October 13, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Police: fortuneteller says to have faith, then makes off with cash and jewels

A fortuneteller faces a December trial after allegedly stealing a combined $16,200 in cash, gold and jewels from two clients.

Delma Aide Pineda-Perez, who works under the name Amalia,  allegedly told the clients in August to hand over their valuables so she could pray over the items and make a curse go away, and that she would would return them in a few weeks. The clients told police that Pineda-Perez said they needed to have faith in her.

But instead, prosecutors allege, Pineda-Perez moved without leaving a forwarding address.

The 36-year-old was charged in Franklin County Superior Court with one count of first-degree theft. She has pleaded innocent and faces trial Dec. 3.

Pineda-Perez remains incarcerated in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail. She also has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

The Tri-City Herald has the full story here, surprisingly without any of the obvious jokes.

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