By Michael P. Neufeld
UPDATE – Tuesday, January 29 – 5:01 p.m.
Crestline, CA – New charges may be filed against a Crestline psychic.
“New possible victims have come forward, following news reports about the arrest of 56-year-old Cindy Uwanawich, adding thousands of dollars to the amount reportedly embezzled,” Captain Rick Ells of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station told ROTWNEWS.
While Captain Ells declined to provide an exact amount he did indicate the number was substantial.
“We’re urging persons who believe they may also be a ‘victim’ to come forward and contact Twin Peaks Detective Scott Thies at (909) 336-0600,” Ells emphasized.
A check of San Bernardino County Superior Court records does not show any pending court appearances for Uwanawich.
ROTWNEWS requested information from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office about the case and was informed in an e-mail that, “it was turned down pending further investigation. ”
Crestline, CA – Psychics claim to have the ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through ESP.
But a Crestline psychic, identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 56-year-old Cindy Uwanawich, AKA Cindy McKinney, is facing embezzlement charges following a series of psychic readings on behalf of an unidentified female.
The female client made contact with Uwanawich at her placer of business — Psychic Door — in the 23000 block of Lake Drive. The alleged victim contracted for two readings in her personal residence and paid $50 for each of the readings.
On Thursday, December 17, 2012, the woman was reportedly told by Uwanawich that she had the spirit of a person who had drowned attached to her. The psychic then allegedly asked the woman to give her nine pennies, nine nickles, nine dimes, nine quarters and $9,000 for nine days and the spirit would be removed, according to a media release issued by the Sheriff’s Department.
The victim gave Uwanawich a large sum of cash with the assurance it would be returned. The cash was never returned, according to investigators.
On Friday, January 18, Uwanawich was arrested at her place of business on Lake Drive and booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on the embezzlement charge.
She has since posted $50,000 bail and has been released from custody.
POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL VICTIMS
Sheriff’s Department investigators believe Uwanawich may have victimized additional individuals in a similar fashion. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detective Scott Thies at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station at (909) 336-0600.