My mom and I are victims of a gypsy psychic scam that lasted for 36 years. Yep. You heard me. Katie Uwanawich of Ventura Psychic in Ventura, California, began her scam on my mother during a time when she was extremely vulnerable. Katie came across as a very warm, caring and compassionate individual. She was like a mother or sister figure to us. Katie told us she was Catholic, and that all the spiritual work she did for her clients was based on high level Catholic practices. My mom introduced me to Katie when I was 19. Id been heading down a destructive path, and my mom was very concerned about my wellbeing. The brainwashing began, and my mom reinforced Katies philosophies and teachings.
All I can say is that what started out innocently enough slowly took on a life of its own. Katie wove an airtight intricate web of deception based upon our own spiritual beliefs blended with extreme fear. We were told not to tell anyone about the work. Candles were needed for her to see during her meditation. These meditation sessions took place either at her church or somewhere in the mountains.
Initially the dollar amount for the work was manageable, but as time went by, more money was required to keep us safe. We were forced through our fears to come up with ways in which to fund this work; otherwise our loved ones would perish. Some of the ways we bankrolled the work was through furniture purchases in exchange for a family members cash (which we never saw), cars, gift certificates to clothing stores or Home Depotetc. etc. Everything was based upon faith and God. God blessed people for the sacrifices they made to help others, blah blah blah.
Theres SO much more to our story than what I can explain here. Katie is devious, manipulative, and plays upon innocent peoples fears and emotions. I know for a fact that there are other victims who have fallen hard for her scam, as evidenced by the large number of 1-5 year old cars with their paper plates still on them parked in front of her home. It's utterly sickening.If I can help even one person by telling my story, and preventing him or her from being financially feasted on by the gypsy psychic scammers of the world, it will be a day for celebration!