From a late 17th century statute of Parliament cataloging the various "rogues and vagabonds" plaguing the countryside:
One can only wonder what these "counterfayte Egipcians" were up to."All persons calling themselves Schollers going about begging, all Seafaring men pretending losses of their Shippes or goods on the sea going about the Country begging, all idle persons going about in any Country eyther begging or using any subtile Crafts or unlawfull Games and Playes, or fayning themselves to have knowledge in Phislognomya Palmestry or other like crafty Scyence, or pretending that they can tell Destenyes Fortunes or such other like fantasticall imagynacons; all persons that be or utter themselves to be Proctors Procurers Patent Gatherers or Collectors for Gaoles Prisons or Hospitalls; all Fencers abroade... all Juglers Tynkers Pedlers and Petty Chapmen wandring abroade; all wandring persons and comon Labourers... loytering and refusing to work for such reasonable wages as... commonly given in such Parts where such persons do... dwell or abide... all such persons as shall wander abroade begging pretending losses by Fyre or otherwise; and all such persons not being Fellons wandering and pretending themselves to be Egipcyans, or wandering the Habite Forme or Attyre of counterfayte Egipcians."
Regardless many of these mountebanks were subsequently deported to the Americas including one Jenny Voss, eventually hanged as she couldn't:
Over 30,000 convicts were shipped to the colonies in the fifty years before the Revolution, and many others were brought, exiled or escaped overseas under other circumstances prior to that, mostly to Virginia and Maryland. Such were the foundations of America."Forget her old Pranks, but used not only to steal herself, but incited all other that were her fellow Servants to Pillfer and Cheat" and had "Wheadled in a Son of the Planters, who used to Lye with her and supply her with Moneys."