San Bernardino County Psychic Charged With Embezzlement

CBS News, Los Angeles/January 23, 2013

San Bernadino - A San Bernardino County woman was in police custody Wednesday for allegedly embezzling $9,000 from a client of her storefront psychic business.

Cindy Uwanawich, 56, of Crestline, is the owner of a storefront business on Lake Drive in Crestline known as the Psychic Door, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The victim made an appointment for two readings which took place at the suspect's home. She paid $50.00 for each of the readings, deputies said.

On Dec. 17, 2012, Uwanawich told the victim 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.

The victim gave Uwanawich a large sum of cash with the promise it would be returned. Uwanawich did not retrurn the funds, according to deputies.

Uwanawich was arrested on On Jan. 18 at her place of business at the 23000 block of Lake Drive and booked into the West Valley Detention Center on the above charges.

Bail is set at $50,000.00.

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