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California ‘fortune teller’ arrested in $50,000 scam | National News

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Arrest probably wasn’t in the cards for a self-proclaimed fortune teller whom authorities say scammed a Southern California woman out of $50,000 by claiming to cure her of parasites and her family of a curse.

Andres Pena Meneses, 31, of Riverside was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of grand theft and theft by false pretenses but was freed after posting $57,000 bail, according to a Police Department statement.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Meneses had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

A police statement said Meneses — a Colombian national who had a 2019 conviction in Chicago for posing as a phony “faith healer” — advertised his Riverside fortune-telling business under the name “Carlos.”

According to police, a woman who went to Meneses to have her…

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