Imprisoned South Florida 'psychic' files for appeal in federal fraud case

Posted at 7:06 AM, Dec 20, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A last-ditch effort by imprisoned "psychic" Rose Marks to get her convictions and punishment for fortunetelling fraud thrown out on appeal appears to be doomed.

The Sun-Sentinel reports U.S Magistrate Judge William Matthewman recommended that Marks' appeal should be rejected.

Jurors found her guilty of fraud and related charges in 2013 after hearing testimony that she, and other family members, took large amounts of cash and gold coins from victims.

Marks, 65, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, is serving 10 years in federal prison and owes more than $17.5 million in restitution to her former clients, including best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux.

The trial judge will make the final decision in the coming weeks but it would be very uncommon for him to overrule the magistrate's findings.