Three more members of a Florida family were sentenced Monday, Oct. 7, as part of a $25 million psychic fraud ring.
Vivian Marks, 23, of Delray Beach, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to four months in federal prison and four months house arrest for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Thirty-five-year-old Michael Marks was sentenced to six months house arrest and two years probation. Marks admitted to handling $107,000 in gold coins bilked from a customer of the now-defunct Astrology Life business the family operated in Fort Lauderdale.
Michael's brother, Ricky Marks, 42, was ordered to serve eight months house arrest and two years probation. Ricky Marks is also Vivian's father.
The Marks operation, part of Vlax Roma, the largest Gypsy group in the United Stares, was led by Rose Marks, 62. The group is known for teaching its children centuries-old traditions of fortune telling and thievery. According to court records, children were often taken out of school as young as 8, to learn how to unlock their gifts of "psychic powers."
"Even if you are raised to engage in this kind of conduct, you know it's wrong," Marra said before sentencing Vivian Marks.
A total of nine members of the Marks family were arrested in August 2011 and charged with a range of federal crimes, including mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and making false statements.
Vivian's mother, Nancy Marks, and aunts, Rosie Marks and Cynthia Miller, have also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this year.
All defendants, except Rose Marks, reached plea deals. A jury found her guilty of 14 counts of fraud Sept. 26. She faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars.
Vivian Marks must report to prison Friday, Jan. 10.