Mid-State Woman Says Psychic Scammed Her Out Of $200,000
by Chris Cannon
WESTMORELAND, Tenn. - Virginia Morris was at her lowest point in 2007 when she turned to a Gallatin psychic and lost $180,000 in a scam.
Morris visited Evonna Pebble Williams for a simple psychic reading, but said it was the start of a relationship that lasted more than four years.
"She wanted me to keep coming back because she felt she could help me," Morris said.
According to Morris, Williams told her she needed cash to do work at her church and that work would bring peace and happiness to Morris' life.
The Westmoreland woman told NewsChannel 5 her visits to Williams never revolved around psychic powers, but instead her faith in God.
"She would put her hands over mine and she would pray," Morris said.
For several years Morris said she would travel to Gallatin and pray with Williams. Most times she would bring thousands of dollars in cash and credit card convenience checks. Morris was told that money was held at a local church as part of the work Williams was doing.
No one in Morris' life knew about her trips to the psychic.
"I was sworn in secrecy. Just me, her and God," she said.
At one point, Morris told Williams she wanted to stop the visits but said the psychic refused.
"Because she had made her vow into church and we could not back out, we could only go forward," Morris said.
The woman said Morris was so convincing she continued to see her on a regular basis.
"She don't need to scam people. She could go to Hollywood and make her money, legally, because she can cry on cue. She's the best actress you have ever seen," Morris said.
In 2011, Morris did not know what to do. Her savings was depleted and her credit cards were at their limit. At that point she said Williams started putting money back into her account. Morris got back $20,000 of the money she had given to the psychic.
Still, she told no one.
"I was just so brainwashed. Then later on, I was just so afraid. I was so afraid it was going to break my home up," Morris said.
That was because all these years her husband of four decades had no idea what she had been doing.
"It was really bad when he found out because he didn't know anything about it. This was the money we were to retire on," according to Morris.
After her husband learned what happened Morris went to Gallatin Police and detectives started an investigation into her allegations.
Williams was arrested by Gallatin Police in 2009 and charged with scamming a different woman out of $45,000. She settled that case.
NewsChannel 5 has been told Williams is currently in business as a psychic on Charlotte Pike in Nashville. A reporter tried contacting Williams for this story, but was unsuccessful.
Morris said she wants others who may have give money to Williams to come forward.
"I would to them not to be afraid because I was afraid, I was so afraid for a long time. not to be afraid to come forward," she said.
Morris' case is currently under investigation by the Sumner County District Attorney's Office.