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HERMITAGE, Pa. - A Hermitage woman accused of violating Pennsylvania's law against fortune telling is attempting to settle the case against her.

26-year-old Jennifer Marks is accused of charging people hundreds, even thousands of dollars for mystic solutions to their everyday problems.

Her scheduled appearance before a district magistrate on Thursday on charges of theft by deception and fortune telling was postponed.

According to court affidavits, six customers who visited Marks at Jennifer's Astrology Shop on Crescent Avenue in Hermitage complained that they paid for candles and other charms to remove spells, or solve issues with romantic relationships.

One woman tells police that she spent more than $28,000 on candles that Marks said would remove a spell that was preventing the two from being together.

Other victims who asked to not be identified say they also bought candles from Marks.

"You had to light the candle and then she gave you some kind of concoction that you had to soak in and meditate over," said one victim. "Then I had to buy a complete bed set for a bed and she was going to meditate over it and then she burned it."

"She told me that if I would start meditating that it would help and she promised me that he would fall back in love with me," said another victim. "In the end it didn't help. She lied."

The district attorney tells 21 News that Marks has made restitution to five of the alleged victims, and is working on repaying the sixth former customer.

Marks is scheduled to return to the district court in ninety days to pay the remaining restitution and to negotiate a plea.

Marks attorney had no comment on the case.

Under Pennsylvania law, fortune telling is a third degree misdemeanor. Punishable by 90 days in jail or a $5,000 fine.

The alleged victims that spoke with 21 News, advise others to be wary of scams.

Stay connected with wfmj.com and 21 News for the latest on this developing building.

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