Canadian man accused psychic, also accused of running psychic mail fraud scheme has been extradited from Spain to the U.S. before making his first appearance in federal court on last Tuesday. Runner has been charged with 18 counts of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. It is said he has allegedly scammed more than 1 million Americans over 20 years.
According to prosecutors, Runner’s alleged scheme involved sending millions of US citizens, many of whom were vulnerable, elderly or sick, letters purporting to be from two well-known French psychics, including Maria Duval.
Patrice Runner, 54, appeared at a Central Islip, New York court one day after being handed over to U.S. authorities, according to a news release from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In October 2018, Runner had been indicted on charges of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering over an alleged scam based on letters from supposed psychics, taking in around $180 million from more than 1 million U.S. victims over 20 years.
“The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch is committed to investigating and prosecuting transnational criminal schemes that target elderly and vulnerable Americans,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Civil Division said in a statement.
Paranormal Herald, after we did some searching, this is what we found of Runner.
When the entire Deval ordeal went down we had stated there was a man involved and we think he may be it.