United States: A woman described as a
Gypsy has been arrested by California police. She is alleged to have scammed an Illinois woman out of $80,000. She has previous convictions for theft, and was on the run from prison.
Demetro is accused of befriending a mother and daughter in McHenry, Ill., who used her services because they were down on their luck and overweight, Gaylor said.
Police say she convinced the older woman that her luck would change if she cleansed her life savings of $80,000. The woman withdrew the money, all in $100 bills, and gave it to Demetro, police said.
During a seance involving vegetables and live lizards, the cash was wrapped into a white handkerchief, Gaylor said. The women were asked to stare at a candle, police said.
They were given back the handkerchief and told to place it under a bed for several days, police said.When they open up the (handkerchief), they find cut-up newspaper,Gaylor said.
Police also wish to talk to her in connection with another incident:
Demetro also is wanted in another Illinois case. She is accused of telling a client that his wife had been unfaithful and he was not the father of their unborn child, police said.
The man paid her with his wedding ring and ended up killing his wife, stabbing her 80 times, police said.
Gypsy arrested on Illinois theft warrant - The San Diego Union-Tribune, 27th August 2004.