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Alberta psychic facing charges in ‘negative energy’ scam

An Edmonton psychic is facing fraud charges after she told a number of customers she could rid them of their “negative energy” in exchange for thousands of dollars that she would later repay. 

In a press release issued by the Edmonton Police Service, police said the woman operated under the business “Sable Psychic Studio,” using the name “Sabrina Burt” or “Sable” and allegedly defrauded 10 people of more than $72,500 total.

Police reported that she told complainants they needed to pay her money in order to obtain a special crystal for a procedure that would remove their negative energy, but that they would be refunded after the procedure had taken place.

The individuals were never refunded, according to police. 

Investigators said the accused took advantage of the complainants’ vulnerabilities, convinced them to pay amounts of money that would frequently increase and misrepresented the services she was providing.  

The woman was arrested in Edmonton on Monday and charged with six counts of fraud over $5,000 and four counts of fraud under $5,000. She also had three outstanding Canada-wide warrants in relation to a similar incident in Ontario.