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October 29, 2013

Despite cash-for-curse complaint, psychic keeps license


In another complaint included in Page’s report, a man from Newark, N.J., contacted city officials this month to report that a reader at Fatima’s, “possibly with the name Debbie,” told him he had a curse that she would remove for $500. The man said he declined the offer twice — the second time after he returned home and received a phone call from the reader. The man did not want to file a complaint, according to police.

While not going forward with the Licensing Board matter, Page said he filed a court complaint against Fatima’s on a charge of operating a business without a license, an ordinance violation that carries fines of $100 a day.

At last night’s meeting, another psychic, the Rev. Barbara Szafranski of Angelica of the Angels, said many customers from Fatima’s have come to her over the years after being told “they have auras that are warped.” Szafranski said she checked them out with her “aura machine” and determined they were fine.

She said she even met years ago with Fatima’s owner Harry Mitchell to tell him about the complaints.

“You have to speak to your girls,” Szafranski said she told Mitchell.

“This isn’t just now,” said Szafranski, who has been in business 27 years. “It’s been going on a wicked long time.”

Councilor-at-large Bill Legault recommended that the board not renew Fatima’s license. If it felt it must for legal reasons, Legault recommended a probationary period, a strategy the board adopted. Legault said the city cannot allow a business to take advantage of visitors, especially those in a “vulnerable state.”

“This has happened in the past multiple times ...” he said.

Since news of the allegations surfaced earlier this month, Page said police have had several calls from people “saying they were offered the same service of removing a curse.”

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