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Cincinnati 'psychic' who fled state faces grand theft charges two decades later

Sonia Marks (photo: KOKH) Sonia Marks (photo: KOKH)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A Cincinnati woman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars while running a fortune telling service and then fleeing the state is back in Ohio to face her charges 20 years after her indictment.

According to court documents, Sonia Marks, 50, is charged with conspiracy, grand theft, theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity for money she took while operating a psychic business under the name Miss Ann.

She was indicted in Hamilton County in July of 1994 on those charges.

But according to Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andy Berghausen, she likely fled the state before she was even indicted.

Berghausen says that, based on his knowledge of the case, Marks left the region after police searched her place of business in 1992.

Then she fled to Oklahoma.

After watching Marks' Oklahoma home and psychic business for a few days in November 2014, deputies saw a man and woman in an Escalade passing by ‘looking at them suspiciously,' according to Oklahoma TV station KOKH. When police pulled Marks over, she told them she was born in Oklahoma but couldn't name the hospital where she was born.

“You would think if you were that great of a psychic you would pull out your crystal ball and see the warrant team coming,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mark Myers. “But in this case I guess she wasn't that great of a psychic.”

Marks was taken to the Oklahoma County Jail and then extradited to Hamilton County.

“It's highly unlikely that any of those folks are going to receive that money back but at least they'll be able to sleep at night just knowing the person who took advantage of them is in custody,” Myers told KOKH.

Marks is accused of taking about $250,000 from 11 different victims during her time working as a ‘psychic' in Hamilton County, Berghausen says.

“The allegations are that it's theft by deception, it's engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, it's a conspiracy to cheat these people, swindle them and defraud them out of their money and their property under the guise of a gypsy fortune-telling, palm-reading scheme,” said Berghausen.

In a Cincinnati Magazine salary guide from 1992, Sonia Marks, listed as a psychic cure artist, reportedly made $900,000. That's more than three times what Mike Brown made as the Bengals' general manager before bonuses that year.

When Marks appeared in a Hamilton County courtroom Tuesday, her attorney, Cornelius Lewis, filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the warrant is stale. That means, according to Lewis, that authorities failed to find Marks and execute her warrant within a reasonable amount of time. Lewis says his client has maintained her innocence.

Marks' next court date is Jan. 21. On that day, the judge will hear arguments regarding the motion to dismiss.

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