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Nancy Marks, alleged money-bilking psychic: Did she foresee "illness" that delayed trial?

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In May 2010, we told you about Lafayette psychic Nancy Marks, who allegedly told clients that "money is evil" before taking around $300,000 of it from them. Yesterday, she was finally slated to go to trial over the charges against her. But -- what a coincidence! -- she checked herself into a hospital that morning, causing a delay that's left prosecutors steaming.

As we've reported, Marks had negative things to say about the number 6 -- especially ones that appeared on customers' credit cards. But apparently, that didn't stop her from using cards with said digits to buy lotsa stuff. And while she warned against the riskiness of cash, she was apparently impervious to its dangers. Authorities believe she collected just shy of $300K from various victims, including $50,000 in cash and credit-card charges from a single individual.

More than a year later, Marks finally had her chance to defend herself against theft and tax-evasion counts. But as the Boulder Daily Camera details, it was not to be.

The paper notes that Marks had been fitted with a GPS ankle monitor -- a device she allegedly said she couldn't wear due to health problems that were later shown to be bogus. Thanks to the gadget, authorities know she flitted around the area on Sunday, as if nothing was awry. But at 9:30 p.m., she checked herself into North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton. She was released around 3 a.m. the following morning, but two hours later, she headed to Rose Medical Center in Denver.

Rose wasn't exactly the closest facility; prosecutors say she passed seven hospitals to get there. However, her attorney says Marks' doctor has admitting privileges there. She added that Marks was suffering from nausea, breathing difficulties and high-blood pressure that could have been caused by stress.

There's more anxiety where that came from. The judge has scheduled a hearing early next week to determine if Marks' medical problems were legit or a figment of an active imagination. His conclusion will likely determine when a rescheduled trial will begin -- but whatever date is apt to be inconvenient for victims, some of whom traveled to the area from out of state to share their stories.

And if Marks is found to be faking? She could be tossed into jail on a bond estimated at a half-million dollars. All of which are presumably evil.

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