Skating star swindled: Police arrest 'fortune tellers' who took $32K from Olympic champion Sotnikova 'to solve boyfriend woes'
The group of thieves, who claimed to have been gifted with extrasensory abilities, offered fortune-telling and magic help to people in return for massive amounts of money.
One of the victims who suffered at the hands of the ‘magicians’ turned out to be prominent Russian athlete Sotnikova, who won the women’s figure skating event at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
The 23-year-old reportedly decided to solve her romantic woes with a ‘magic wand’, willingly transferring a total of two million rubles ($32,000 USD) to a woman who had promised to bring back Sotnikova’s boyfriend.
Having received the money, the ‘magus’ magically disappeared - prompting the skater to report the incident to the police.
Following an investigation, Russian law enforcement officers found and arrested two people who were linked to the group of swindlers.
Their leader, who had provided ‘magic services’ to Sotnikova, reportedly left for Ukraine and has been put on a wanted list in Russia.Also on rt.com Anna Shcherbakova performs INSANE quad-jumping routine to win Russian figure skating championship (VIDEO)
It hasn’t been revealed whether or not the skater’s lost money will be returned. After her Olympic triumph Sotnikova hasn’t taken part in any major international events, giving her full focus to exhibition figure skating shows.
The skater hasn’t announced her retirement from professional sport, though, promising to resume her competitive career several times. However, her much-anticipated comeback hasn’t taken place yet.