A Maryland woman who defrauded gullible “clients” out of a quarter of a million dollars has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Grace Uwanawich, 63, claimed to be a Native American psychic and convinced four women to give her thousands of dollars in exchange for extinguishing horrible curses on the women’s lives. She received more than $160,000 in cash and property from one 57-year-old woman alone. Uwanawich told the woman to purchase a Mercedes-Benz, which Uwanawich then gave to her daughter to drive.
“Fortunetelling” is a misdemeanor in Maryland. Uwanawich has been in trouble before, having been fingered for similar woo-slinging in the 1990s.
Uwanawich did not set up shop and wait for gullible people to come to her. Instead, she approached womenin malls in parking lots if they looked sufficiently depressed. Psychic or not, Uwanawich clearly has a penchant for sniffing out women who were financially well off but mentally decrepit in focused ways.
Interestingly, the women bilked now believe that Uwanawich was acting in bad faith the whole time. My question is, if they can see that the entire show is a scam now, what kept them from suspecting thesame thing while they were writing all of those big checks?