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Police charge woman in psychic scam

For Immediate Release: 11-Jun-2019 @ 2:52 PM
MRU #: 19R065

The Edmonton Police Service is seeking complainants after charging a 22-year-old woman in relation to multiple incidents of fraud.

The charges stem from 10 similar incidents that occurred between April 2018 and May 2019. The accused worked as a psychic using the name “Sabrina Burt” or “Sable,” and operated under the business name “Sable Psychic Studio.” She is alleged to have defrauded the 10 complainants of a total of more than $72,500, with the highest individual loss totaling $20,250.

 

It was reported to police that the accused told the complainants they needed to pay a fee of thousands of dollars to obtain a special crystal for a procedure that would remove negative energy. The accused allegedly told complainants that the fee would be refunded after the procedure had taken place.

 

Investigators believe the accused exploited the complainants’ vulnerabilities to convince them to pay ever-increasing amounts of money towards the crystal procedure, in addition to changing the price and misrepresenting the services being provided. The promised refund never occurred.

 

On June 10, 2019, Cynthia Burt, 22 was arrested in Edmonton on three outstanding Canada-wide warrants in relation to a similar file in Ontario, and charged with fraud over $5,000 (x6) and fraud under $5,000 (x4) in relation to this recent series in Edmonton.

 

Detectives believe there may be others who have had similar encounters with the accused, and are encouraging them to come forward by calling the EPS at 780-423-4567.

 

Cynthia Burt, 22

 

The accused's advertising, some of which may still be in use


Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250

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Please contact Cheryl Voordenhout at (780) 421-3507 for more information.

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