- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to helping his wife swindle clients out of their money at a fortune-telling business has been sentenced to almost three years in prison.

Local news media outlets report that Donnie Stephen Marks was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison on charges of mail fraud and money laundering. Marks and his wife have to pay more than $5.4 million in restitution to their victims.

Prosecutors say Sandra Marks told her clients she was a psychic and that they needed to send her large amounts of money and other valuables so she could cleanse them of a curse. Prosecutors say the Donnie Marks managed the money, which used the money to support their “lavish lifestyle.”

Sandra Marks was sentenced to 30 months in prison in November.

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