Joseph LoBrutto III is a well-known psychic in Florida who has been featured in newspapers and profiled on television. LoBrutto said it can be easy to be taken advantage of by false psychics and that research or references from new-age stores can be ways of avoiding scams.
"The big red flag is keeping you coming back. It should be just that one reading," LoBrutto said. "And if they say it's a curse or a hex, there's no such thing. Walk out."
LoBrutto is appalled by the behavior of the group. "It's a shame. It really ruins our reputation," he said. "Psychics are made out to be crazy and this doesn't help."
The pre-trial detention hearing for the Florida family members is scheduled for Friday and the New York relatives will be in court Thursday. A court clerk at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale said that all of the defendants are in currently in custody and do not have an attorney yet.