Scammer Pretending To Be Psychic Sally Morgan On Facebook And Charging £1 0 For Readings Arrested And Charged
A con artist named Gemma Badley was pretending to be “Britain’s best-loved psychic” online and scamming people who paid her in hopes of communicated with loved ones who had passed away.
Turns out that Hartlepool resident was working this scam in order to pay off some of her crippling debt that she has accumulated.
The Teesside Magistrates Court heard about how 28-year-old Badley set up a fake Facebook account her psychic Sally Morgan’s name.
She was charging £10 for a supposed psychic reading.
The court also heard about how the scammer would block the victim after they had paid and the money was secure in her bank account.
Even Badley’s own lawyer, Neil Taylor, admitted after the fact that her scam was not the best one she could have tried to pull.
“It’s not very well thought out,” he said.
The real Sally Morgan’s business manager found out about the scam and alerted authorities. Badley pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation.
Her scam took place from March to August of 2016 in Hartlepool Britain. A judge warned her that she could serve jail time for these charges.
Deputy District Judge Neil Hayles asked that the probation service carry out an “all options report” before Badley’s sentencing date.
Her lawyer told the court during mitigation of how Badley was facing “massive rent arrears” at the time of the scam.
Ahead of sentencing, they handed her unconditional bail even though she was warned that the case could ultimately be dealt with at Teesside Crown Court.
Sally Morgan is a very well known British television psychic who became famous with her show Star Psychic in 2007. She has toured the country and written several best-selling books.
Her grandmother was known as ‘The Witch of Fulham’ and on her website, Morgan states that she inherited her grandmother’s skills as a young child and saw her first ghost when she was only four years old.
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