Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Swindling Psychic Busted for Bilking Client Out of $9K to Rid Her of 'Spirit' Stalker

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

A SoCal psychic is behind bars after being accused of swindling a client out of $9,000, which the suspect said was needed to rid the woman of a dead "spirit" who was clinging to her.Cindy Uwanawich, 56, of Crestline, runs her psychic biz out of storefront, and also conducts readings in her home, which is where the accuser met up twice with the suspect. Those readings cost the client $50 apiece, and during those meetings Uwanawich informed the client "she had the spirit of a person who had drowned attached to her and if she gave her nine pennies, nine nickles, nine dimes, nine quarters and $9,000.00 for nine days the spirit would be removed," according to CBS2.

Uwanawich told the client the money would be returned. The client gave her the cash, and (surprise?) Uwanawich did not get it back to her.

The suspect was arrested at her psychic shop*, and has been charged with embezzlement. Authorities are asking other potential victims to come forward.

*Alas, it seems, the psychic did not see this coming.