Psychic trial Fort Lauderdale fortune teller Rose Marks was avid gambler

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Novelist Jude Deveraux, who prosecutors say lost the most,, made about $8.9 million from her books between 2004 and 2007 and turned over more than 75 percent of that about $6.9 million to Marks,San Francisco 49ers Jersey, Deveraux’s accountant testified.Other witnesses said Marks, 62, of Fort Lauderdale, paid almost $5 million for unconventional, privately financed mortgages, auto and other loans for herself and her family in the decade ending in 2011.Some of that money paid for Marks’ former waterfront home on Seminole Drive, and she and her family spent several hundred thousand dollars leasing or buying Ferraris, a Bentley, a Range Rover and other high-end vehicles from the Fort Lauderdale Collection’s exotic car dealership in , witnesses said.Though Marks’ former home was the collateral that secured financing for 30 fancy cars and two boats for her family, she drove a “Volkswagen, a Lincoln or a Mercedes,” testified Michael Gordon, the dealership owner.”It wasn’t Rose getting in and out of a Ferrari,” Gordon told jurors. “Rose was the [financial] backbone to make sure that we got paid.” Marks visited casinos in on 1,311 of the 2,053 days before she was arrested on Aug. 16, 2011, according to court testimony. She gambled about $9.65 million in slot machines in the four years ending in May 2011 keeping some $9 million of that but losing an average of more than $150,000 a year, witnesses said.Marks, who has not yet decided if she will testify in her defense, told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday that she had a gambling problem. She said it got out of control when her 7-year-old grandson and her husband died within a few years of each other in the early to mid-2000s.”It was the only thing that distracted me and took my mind off the deaths of my grandson and my husband,” Marks said.Marks is on trial in federal court in West Palm Beach, fighting 14 charges of fraud conspiracy,Wholesale 49ers Hats, mail and wire fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns. On Thursday, prosecutors dropped one fraud charge against Marks because an alleged victim did not testify.Marks says she has psychic powers and received the money legitimately mostly as a highly paid personal assistant who helped inspire some of Deveraux’s books.Deveraux told jurors that isn’t true and prosecutors called witnesses who testified that Marks did not tell the IRS about a lot of the money she received from Deveraux and other clients who say they were ripped off by the Marks family “psychics.”Marks underreported her income by millions of dollars over the years, prosecutors said.Witnesses testified that Marks reported only some of the money from Deveraux and other clients as income,Wholesale 49ers T-Shirts, telling the IRS and her accountants that some of it was gifts and loans. The defense argued she wasn’t legally required to report much of the money, saying it was not technically her income.Deveraux testified that she stopped paying her own taxes for years because Marks told her she didn’t need to because, the psychic assured her, Deveraux would die and Marks would transfer her spirit into another woman’s body.Under questioning by defense attorney Fred Schwartz, Deveraux’s accountant told jurors that when Deveraux finally filed several years of overdue income tax returns in 2009, a lot of the money was written off as “bad debt,” and she paid only about $220,000 in taxes on the $8.9 million she earned between 2004 and 2007.The defense plans to call Deveraux’s ex-husband, Claude White, on Friday to try to undermine some of Deveraux’s testimony. , 954-356-4533 or Twitter @SentinelPaula