Nancy Marks, bogus psychic, claims she remains in jail because she's disabled
Nancy Marks, a onetime psychic convicted of fraud for allegedly bilking clients out of approximately $300,000, has been accused of faking an illness in the past. Now, however, doctors cited in a lawsuit filed by prominent attorney David Lane say Marks has a legitimate ailment that confines her to a wheelchair -- and the complaint maintains that state agencies have responded by keeping her in prison as opposed to allowing her to move into a halfway house or community-corrections setting. Get the unusual details, plus photos, a video and the complete document below.
Nancy Marks. Photos, a video and more below.
As we reported in a May 2010 post, Marks, who was based in Lafayette, reportedly used her mental powers to separate customers from their cash by persuading them that "money is evil." She also allegedly asked for their credit card numbers in order to make sure they didn't include too many sixes, a number she considered problematic.
Nancy Marks's former business, as seen in CBS4 coverage.
She must have been pretty convincing, because prosecutors accused her of siphoning more than $300,000 from assorted victims, including $50,000 in cash and credit-card charges from a single man.
Cut to October 2011, when Marks was scheduled to go to trial. But the proceedings didn't go forward for reasons detailed in the following excerpt from our followup post:
Marks had been fitted with a GPS ankle monitor -- a device she allegedly said she couldn't wear due to health problems that were later shown to be bogus. Thanks to the gadget, authorities know she flitted around the area on Sunday, as if nothing was awry. But at 9:30 p.m., she checked herself into North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton. She was released around 3 a.m. the following morning, but two hours later, she headed to Rose Medical Center in Denver.
Rose wasn't exactly the closest facility; prosecutors say she passed seven hospitals to get there. However, her attorney says Marks' doctor has admitting privileges there. She added that Marks was suffering from nausea, breathing difficulties and high-blood pressure that could have been caused by stress.
|Nancy Marks in court circa 2012, in a CBS4 image.|
Even then, Marks says she was experiencing health problems.
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