Following a lengthy criminal investigation, a Milton woman has been charged with witchcraft.
According to a recent press release, a 32-year-old Milton woman has been charged for alleged extortion, fraud over $5,000 and witchcraft – fortune telling.
The investigation, which was completed by the Halton Regional Police Service 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB), started in May of this year when a victim came forward to reveal that they had consulted with a psychic and had been defrauded of an amount totaling over $60,000.
Police learned that the accused was operating an Ontario registered business known as Milton Psychic located on Ontario Street South in the town.
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The accused, Dorie ‘Madeena’ Stevenson, 32, of Milton, was arrested on Oct. 18 by detectives without incident.
Following the woman’s arrest, a search warrant was executed on the business were evidence was recovered.
“What we typically see is a tendency for perpetrators to take advantage of persons when they are in their most vulnerable state,” Detective Sergeant Dave Costantini HRPS 1 District CIB, said in a recent press release.
“Victims are manipulated into believing something bad will happen to them unless they remit cash. We even see incidents where victims are required to make purchases and remit these purchases in order to be cleansed. Purchased items include; new cell phones, jewelry, appliances and gift cards. Purchases are made under the assumption these items will be returned, but they never are. When victims cannot be squeezed any longer, the perpetrators rely on the victim’s embarrassment in not contacting police.”
It is believed that there could be other victims .
Police are requesting that victims contact Detective Constable Sarah McCullagh of the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2419.