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Monday, March 9, 2020

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Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Theft by Trickery Suspect NR20066dm

Hollywood: Burglary/Theft detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area announce the arrest of Leslie Lee for Grand Theft.

Lee operated a psychic reading business in Culver City and met the victim, a Hollywood resident, several years ago. During an eight-year period, Lee gained the victim's trust and claimed the victim was afflicted with negative energy that was adversely impacting her life. Lee "verified" the extent of the curse through a ritual involving eggs, and then required large sums of money to be given to her to further the "curse removal work." Lee told the victim the money would ultimately be returned to her, but this never occurred. Detectives have spoken to two other victims with similar accounts and believe more may exist.

These types of scams are more common than one may think and target emotionally, physically and spiritually vulnerable victims. The scams often involve eggs and/or bananas to determine the extent of a curse, and a promise to return any money or valuables the victim may provide the suspect. Victims are often reluctant to report these incidents out of embarrassment and fear of being ostracized and scorned by their friends and family.


Leslie Lee

If you believe you were a victim of this, or similar scams involving fortune tellers, or if you have additional information, you are urged to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto at (213) 972-2929. Detective Aluotto can also be reached by email at 34682@lapd.online. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu.Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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