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California 'fortune teller' arrested in $50,000 scam

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Oct 30, 2021

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Arrest probably wasn’t in the cards for a self-proclaimed fortune-teller authorities say scammed a Southern California woman out of $50,000 by claiming to cure her of parasites and her family of a curse.

Andres Pena Meneses of Riverside was arrested Tuesday.

Police say Meneses had a Chicago conviction for posing as a phony faith healer before setting up shop in Riverside.

A woman told police she paid him $50,000 for parasite- and curse-removal services.

Other customers told investigators that Meneses used a live snake as a prop that was hidden in mattresses they were told to bring from home.

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