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'Psychic' paid $3.5M for exorcisms admits to tax evasion

A purported psychic who was paid more than $3.5 million by an elderly Massachusetts woman to perform exorcisms and "spiritual cleansing" has pleaded guilty to evading taxes

Published on October 6, 2017 7:50AM

Last changed on October 6, 2017 11:41AM

BOSTON (AP) A purported psychic who charged an elderly Massachusetts woman more than $3.5 million for exorcisms and "spiritual cleansing" has pleaded guilty to evading taxes.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Sally Ann Johnson of south Florida ran businesses that claimed to offer "psychic readings" and "spiritual cleansing and strengthening."

Between 2007 and 2014, prosecutors say a Martha's Vineyard woman paid Johnson more than $3.5 million for services that claimed to rid the woman of demons.

Prosecutors say Johnson didn't report the income and tried to hide the money so she wouldn't have to pay taxes on it.

Johnson pleaded guilty in the federal court in Boston Thursday and has agreed to repay the woman. She's expected to be sentenced in January.

Her attorney did not immediately respond to an email on Friday.


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