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Fake Psychic Pretends To Be 'Real' Psychic

| by Michael Allen

British TV psychic Sally Morgan is upset at Facebook for not stopping Gemma Badley from pretending to be her and taking money from her fans.

Badley created fake accounts with pictures of Morgan, and sold psychic "readings" to people, reports Gazette Live.

Morgan told the Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough, England, on Feb. 21, how Badley damaged her reputation as a real psychic:

She tried to damage my reputation but I just think it is incredibly sad and she is desperate.

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The scam reportedly came to an end when Badley applied for a "payday loan" using information about one of Morgan's fans.

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Badley’s crimes were reportedly spurred by alcohol and gambling, it was revealed on Feb. 21 at her sentencing.

Police found boxes of liquor bottles at Badley’s home, and money transferred from a victim's bank account into Badley’s gambling account.

Badley’s lawyer, Neil Taylor, insisted that his 29-year-old client had overcome a speech impediment to land a good job, but was taken down by her own "addictive personality."

"She was a young girl who found herself a good job who, for whatever reason, finds herself short of money and very sadly turned to gambling on the Internet," Taylor insisted. "[That] gambling addiction has caused her to lose her job, lose her home and caused her to be in rent arrears."

Badley was reportedly struggling to "make ends meet" when she came up with the idea of impersonating Morgan.

"At first we thought it was a bit of a joke but it got quite frightening that she was able to do this in my name and no one wanted to know," Morgan recalled. "It was a bit scary what she was doing. We put pictures on Facebook and within literally three minutes she had taken them and set up a new account."

After being caught, Badley wrote a confession letter.

"She understands what she has done is wrong and understands you have to punish her," Taylor told the court.

Badley's 24-week sentence was suspended by the court for 18 months, but she will have to pay restitution to one of the victims who was "disgusted" by the fake psychic.

Badley's probation will include counseling sessions to help her find the source of her criminal motivations.

Morgan added: "I’m just glad she is getting help."

One Twitter user mocked the entire case on Feb. 22, saying, "Woman pretending to be psychic sues women pretending to be her pretending to be a psychic."

Sources: Gazette Live, PourMeCoffee/Twitter / Photo credit: Sally Morgan/Facebook

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