|Published:||Sep 06, 2011 2:53 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 06, 2011 2:53 PM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge has granted bond to a South Florida family of fortune tellers, weeks after the family was arrested.
A magistrate judge originally ordered matriarch Rose Marks and her sons and daughters-in-law held without bond after they were arrested for charges including wire and mail fraud. Authorities say the family preyed on vulnerable victims, promising to break curses and heal diseases in exchange for money. According to the indictment, the family amassed $40 million from victims, including gold coins and expensive jewelry.
Judge Kenneth Marra ruled Friday that the family be allowed to be released on bond.
Attorneys for the Marks say they have strong ties to the community and operated legitimate businesses licensed by the city.
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