It seems that Sylvia Mitchell, the 38-year-old psychic from Greenwich Village, is having a bad case of déjà vu.
Mitchell has had several run-ins with the law and is very familiar with lawsuits and sleeping in jail cells. She was once in legal trouble for swindling over $125,000 from an unsuspecting woman who just wanted advice. Mitchell runs several palm-reading businesses in the cities of West Village and Mystic in Connecticut. She has scammed several individuals who came to her for help but were tricked instead.
Once again, Mitchell is in legal trouble for allegedly swindling over $128,000 from a man named Lee Chong over the course of two years, between 2007 and 2009. Police say she kept promising Chong that she was going to “rid him of bad spirits”.
According to sources, Chong became suspicious of Mitchell and reported her to the police on September 25th, 2012. For several months, nobody could locate Mitchell but they finally found her just last week at Zena Clairvoyant, which is one of her shops, and arrested her.
She was prosecuted on charges of grand larceny last week and then released on her own recognizance.
The only thing Mitchell said was “I’m innocent”.
Her husband and her attorney, Joe Murray, joined her in court. Both of these men insisted that the $128,000 she received from Chong was simply a loan and that Mitchell was “the victim of a vicious smear campaign”.
Her husband showed a photo that was taken by a cell phone of Mitchell 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 Attorney then said, “She’s done nothing wrong. She’s been smeared again and again.”
Mitchell was charged with grand larceny 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 scammed in similar ways as Chong.
In relation to the 2011 incidents, she was charged with being a fugitive and also charged with criminal impersonation since she gave a fake name to the police.
She was also involved in a lawsuit in 2010 when she was accused 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.