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Psychic Love Spell Center stole my money, lawyer alleges in lawsuit

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A Houston fortune teller failed to detect a lawsuit in her future, filed by a lawyer who says the money he turned over for cleansing was never returned.

Bankruptcy and family-law lawyer Michael Busby Jr. says he gave fortune teller Melena Thorn $2,700 in a box for cleansing, but now she claims she never got the money, Texas Lawyer reports. The would-be class action suit, Busby v. Psychic Love Spell Center, alleges more than 100 people have been defrauded by the business.

Busby says he also paid the psychic $30 for a tarot card reading and $500 for a ritual to reunite husband and wife. He told Texas Lawyer in the interview he has had tarot card readings by others in the past in hopes it will “give me an edge,” but “I never had this fact pattern like this right here.”

The money cleansing was part of the husband-wife reunification ritual, the suit says. The money was supposed to be placed under the marital bed after its cleansing.

Thorn told Texas Lawyer that she never got $2,700 from Busby and she will return his $500 when she is able to get the money together. “I said give me some time,” she recalls telling him. “The money was for materials—candles and such,” she said.

Among the causes of action are fraud, breach of contract and violation of Texas consumer law. Busby seeks $1 million in damages and an injunction to prevent Thorn from fortune telling.

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