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December 17, 2013

Board renews license of controversial fortuneteller

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Attorney Bill Quinn, who represented Fatima’s at the meeting, said his client is willing to try to resolve the complaint by the New York man if he can be found. He said another attorney handling the civil complaint has tried unsuccessfully to reach him.

At an earlier hearing, Quinn noted that Fatima’s has operated in the city for more than two decades with few complaints.

Police said there have been no complaints since the fortunetellers appeared before the board in October.

The board renewed Fatima’s license over the strong objections of City Councilor-at-large Bill Legault.

“This is not a new issue with this particular business,” Legault said. “... We need to send a strong message. We cannot tolerate (vulnerable customers) being taken advantage of in any way at any time.”

Fatima’s did not seek a license for a third fortuneteller, the woman named in both allegations.

The studio remains on probation through the end of the year from an earlier board action.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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