Family of Fortune Tellers Accused of Swindling $40 Million from Victims

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM EDT

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Family of Fortune Tellers Accused of Swindling $40 Million from Victims

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM EDT

(ABCNews.com) A family of fortune tellers in New York and Florida have been charged with swindling customers out of $40 million over the last 20 years.

The family has been telling customers since 1991 that "money is the root of all evil," according to an indictment released Tuesday, convincing people to hand over huge sums of money, jewelry and other valuables that needed to be "purged" before being returned.

The 61-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

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