Sylvia Mitchell, a 38-year-old psychic from Greenwich Village, seems to have a bad case of déjà vu. She has had several run-ins with the law and knows all about lawsuits and sleeping in jail cells. She was once in legal trouble for swindling over $125,000 from an unsuspecting victim who wanted advice.
Mitchell runs several palm-reading businesses in West Village and Mystic in Connecticut. She has scammed several individuals who came to her for help but got tricked instead. Once again, Mitchell is in legal trouble for allegedly swindling over $128,000 from a man named Lee Chong. She conned him for two years, between 2007 and 2009.
Police say she promised Chong she would “rid him of bad spirits.” According to sources, Chong became suspicious of Mitchell and reported her to the police on September 25th, 2012. Nobody could locate Mitchell for several months, but they finally found her last week at one of her shops. She was handcuffed and taken to jail. Authorities prosecuted her on charges of grand theft last week and then released her of her own recognizance.
Her Husband Believes Mitchell Is The Victim
The only thing Mitchell said was, “I’m innocent.” Her husband and her attorney joined her in court. These men insisted that the $128,000 she received from Chong was simply a loan. They believe Mitchell was “the victim of a vicious smear campaign.” Her husband showed a photo taken by Mitchell’s cell phone at a party with Michael Jackson.
“These people are trying to get in the paper because of her connections to Michael Jackson and all kinds of celebrities,” he said. Her lawyer, Joe Murray, said, “She’s done nothing wrong. She’s been smeared again and again.” Mitchell was charged with grand theft that day. In 2011, she was in legal trouble for scamming $27,000 from a Florida woman and $9,000 from a woman in the Catskills. They were both conned in similar ways to Chong.
In the 2011 incidents, they charged her with being a fugitive and criminal impersonation since she gave a fake name to the police. She was also involved in a lawsuit in 2010. In this case, they accused her of tricking a woman into spending over $10,000 on unorthodox ways of clearing “blockages” in her life. One of these methods was to take Mitchell on a shopping spree at a Ralph Lauren store.