I never really thought about what goes into running a curse removal scam.
According to the LAPD, Lee operated a psychic reading business in Culver City and met the victim, a Hollywood resident, several years ago. The LAPD says that during an eight-year period, Lee gained the victim's trust and claimed the victim was afflicted with negative energy that was adversely impacting her life.
"Lee 'verified' the extent of the curse through a ritual involving eggs, and then required large sums of money to be given to her to further the 'curse removal work.' Lee told the victim the money would ultimately be returned to her, but this never occurred," the LAPD said.
Detectives have spoken to two other victims with similar accounts and believe more may exist, according to the department.
"These types of scams are more common than one may think and target emotionally, physically and spiritually vulnerable victims. The scams often involve eggs and/or bananas to determine the extent of a curse, and a promise to return any money or valuables the victim may provide the suspect. Victims are often reluctant to report these incidents out of embarrassment and fear of being ostracized and scorned by their friends and family," the LAPD said