KENNER, LA – A Kenner psychic has been arrested and charged with felony theft, after police say she took advantage of a customer.
At Roscoe’s Po Boy and Seafood in Kenner, it’s business as usual.
But not so much, for the spiritual advisers next door.
“I knew that they were palm readers, but I had no idea what was really taking place over there; I was shocked,” business owner Albert Martinez said.
But that’s not all. Sgt. Brian McGregor says there’s more to the story.
“When she told April her problems April proceeded to exploit it saying yes you did have a curse on you; the person who put the curse on you is the person who’s having an affair with your husband,” McGregor explained.
Investigators say the victim was told money is the root of all evil, and that the curse would be lifted if she gave Stevens money to have cleansed at a church.
Police say a crime was committed because the money was not returned after the cleaning as promised.
Martinez is worried about his business neighbors. He describes them as nice people who regularly patronize his restaurant.
“God I wish them the best, but maybe it’s something they really need to reevaluate what they’re going you know,” Martinez said.
Police say Stevens is accused of bilking the bewildered victim out of 10-thousand dollars during several months of psychic counseling.
“Go to church, look for guidance with god that’s what I’d tell them to do,” Martinez said.
“Because you got those people out there that’s going to exploit you and try to take what belongs to you away from you,” McGregor said.
April Stevens has been released on a 5-thousand dollars bond.
Police have reason to believe that she has other possible victims.