Psychic Readings
A self-proclaimed "psychic" has been arrested for attempted extortion in L.A. County. Image: danielmorgan/Flickr/CC BY-SA

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has a Palmdale, Calif., woman in custody who is accused of tricking a 12-year-old girl into stealing $10,000 worth of jewelry from her own family. The woman told the child that she was cursed and that the curse could only be lifted by delivering the jewels.

Arrested on suspicion of extortion

The Sheriff’s Office announced that Jackeline Lopez was arrested last month on suspicion of extortion. The announcement was made on Thursday as detectives in the case sought to enlist the public in helping them track down additional suspects or victims.

Lopez, according to authorities, conducted “psychic readings” out of her garage. The space was decorated with human skull replicas, candles, black cauldrons and other items.

Girl told she was cursed

The unidentified girl says Lopez told her that she was suffering from a curse and that “horrible things” would start happening to her if she didn’t have the curse removed. According to reports, Lopez told her that the curse could only be lifted if the child paid the “psychic” with the jewelry.

The Sheriff’s Department statement said:

“Over a period of a month following the reading, suspect Lopez encouraged the victim to bring her jewelry from the victim’s home to be used in removing the curse from the victim and their family. Routinely Lopez would orchestrate a ritual in which the victim would place the stolen jewelry in the caldron and attempt to remove the curse. Each time, however, Lopez would tell the victim that what they had brought was not enough to remove the horrible curse and she needed more. This continued until the victim’s parents noticed the missing jewelry and confronted the victim on its whereabouts.”

Girl will not face charges

The girl will not face any charges or punitive action, authorities say. She was frightened into committing the act and so is considered a victim in the matter.


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