Although Priscilla Kelly Delmaro sat in jail at Rikers Island for months last year, her psychic shop in Times Square didn’t stay shut down. The small shop is located at 253 West 43rd Street. This location is where Delmaro met a man named Niall Rice, who ended up paying her more than $550,000 to reunite with a deceased woman.
I reported on this previously, Scamming Psychics From Palm Beach Arrested In New York City. Shortly after Delmaro’s arrest, the little shop stepped in for her and was doing business as usual. The police returned to the shop last Sunday and arrested another supposed psychic- Delmaro’s mother-in-law Christine Evans. Even though the allegations against Evans aren’t as serious as Delmaro’s, it’s still a reminder that the New York psychic business is often a family business.
Generations of mothers pass the tricks of the trade down to their daughters and even their daughters-in-law. 27-year-old Delmaro was taken into custody in May of 2015 and accused of taking money, in sums as high as $100,000, from a British marketing executive working in New York, Niall Rice. The 33-year-old man had met a woman previously in a drug rehabilitation facility in Arizona, and they fell in love and dated for a while.
The Scamming Psychic Promised To Get Victim’s Ex Back
She, however, eventually ended the relationship, and Rice was highly distraught. That’s when he decided to visit a psychic; Delmaro was his second psychic experience. Rice eventually learned she died of a drug overdose, but Delmaro promised him a reunion with her. She told him that the woman had reincarnated into a new body and that she could reunite them.
To accomplish this, Delmaro told him she needed a time machine, an 80-mile bridge made of gold, and unique crystals. Unfortunately for Rice, he and Delmaro had a sexual encounter once. This put his case in a legal gray area because she could’ve argued the money was a gift. Delmaro pleaded guilty in November to grand theft and was released in January.
She spent a total of eight months incarcerated. Bobby Evans, her husband, was also taken into custody for the case, but the judge dropped the charges. At some point, it appears that Evans stepped into Delamaro’s role as a fortune-teller. Enticed by a flier that promised to answer two questions for $10, a 23-year-old woman from the Upper West Side walked into the parlor around 10 pm on April 9th of this year, according to a criminal complaint.
The woman chose to remain anonymous. According to the complaint, Evans gave the woman a tarot card with bad news. She told the woman that her mother had been cursed previously and had passed the curse down to her. Evans instructed her to go to a nearby Duane Reade and purchase a $300 Visa gift card to begin cleansing her spirit, and the woman complied.
The Scams Keep Adding Up
According to private investigator Bob Nygaard, the woman returned to Evans the next day, and Evans told her she needed a unique tool to do the cleansing. This tool was a decorative water fountain that cost $399, and the woman purchased it. The complaint states that the woman also purchased two $500 Visa gift cards and gave them to Evans.
She also told her to buy 23 $600 candles for each year of the victim’s life, but she declined. According to Nygaard, by the end of the week, the woman realized this wasn’t normal and demanded her money back. Unfortunately, Evans refused to return any money. Nygaard states the woman refused to leave empty-handed, so she grabbed the water fountain she had purchased from the parlor.
She had a stranger help her take it outside and shipped it back to the company. She got most of her money back on that after the return. On Sunday at 6:45 pm, outside the parlor, detectives arrested Evans. Authorities charged her with fraud, petty theft, and fortunetelling. After arraignment the following Monday, she was released on her recognizance. Jeffrey Cylkowski, her lawyer, said his client denied all the charges.
When asked for her residence, Evans gave police the address of an apartment. This apartment had a neon sign on the front window that said “Psychic Readings.” When a reporter knocked on the door, a woman answered it and asked, “Do you want a reading?” When the reporter asked instead about Evans, the woman said her name was Tina and that she’d never heard of Christine Evans. She claimed she’d only lived in the apartment for about a week.