RIVERSIDE — Arrest probably wasn’t in the cards for a self-proclaimed fortune teller whom authorities say scammed a Southern California woman out of $50,000 by claiming to cure her of parasites and her family of a curse.
Andres Pena Meneses, 31, of Riverside was arrested, Tuesday, on suspicion of grand theft and theft by false pretenses but was freed after posting $57,000 bail, according to a Police Department statement.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Meneses had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
A police statement said Meneses — a Colombian national who had a 2019 conviction in Chicago for posing as a phony “faith healer” — advertised his Riverside fortune-telling business under the name “Carlos.”
According to police, a woman who went to Meneses to have her fortune read, this summer, and was told she had parasites that “Carlos” removed for a fee of several hundred dollars.
Meneses later contacted the woman and told her that her family was cursed and her children were in danger, police alleged.