Purported psychic will repay Martha’s Vineyard woman $3.5 million

A Florida woman who claimed to be a psychic apparently couldn’t see the taxman coming.

Sally Ann Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of attempting to interfere with the administration of the Internal Revenue laws, the US Attorney’s office in Boston announced.

Johnson, 41, did not report more than $3.5 million in income paid to her by an elderly woman on Martha’s Vineyard, who hired Johnson to perform “spiritual cleaning and healing services to “rid [her] of demons,” federal prosecutors said in a statement.


As part of a plea deal, Johnson has agreed to repay the woman $3,567,300, and to pay restitution to the IRS for the taxes she avoided paying from 2007 to 2014, the statement said.

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Johnson - who also went by the aliases Angela Johnson, Angelia Johnson, and Sally Reed - ran several businesses that purported to perform “psychic readings,” “spiritual cleansing & strengthening,” and “meditation & healing,” according to the statement.

“Neither Johnson nor any of the businesses she operated filed a tax return or paid taxes on the income she received from the woman,” the statement said.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on January 17.

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