Ontario fortune teller accused of defrauding client of $200,000

Jun 21 2019, 4:00 pm

An Ontario woman working as a fortune teller has been charged after allegedly defrauding her client of $200,000.

According to Halton Police, 23-year-old Cynthia Burt, who went by the alias Jasmine Burt or ‘Psychic Jasmine,’ advertised her services online and sometimes operated out of a storefront on Lakeshore Road in Oakville.

Burt allegedly defrauded her victim of approximately $200,000 by preying upon their vulnerable situation.

Police say this was reported to authorities in December 2017 and shortly after the investigation started Burt left Oakville and eventually relocated to Edmonton, Alberta.

Edmonton police also say they had reports of Burt defrauding victims in their area and she was ultimately arrested and charged in Alberta as well.

On June 14, Halton Regional Police detectives went to Edmonton to take the suspect into custody.

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After detectives returned Burt to Ontario, she was charged with one count of Fraud Over $5000 and one count of Harassing Phone Calls in relation to the same investigation. She will be appearing in Milton court on July 23, 2019.

Detectives believe there may be more victims and witnesses. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact lead investigator D/Cst Taylor Meyer at 905-825-4777 ext. 8765.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.