A Westchester psychic named Janet Lee, arrested twice in 2018, is suing Florida private investigator Bob Nygaard.
The psychic is claiming that by locating her victims and having her arrested, he is destroying her business and ruined her chance at a reality television series that was going to be called ‘The True Greenwich Psychic.’
In December 2018, Lee filed a lawsuit at the White Plains Supreme court in New York against him. In it, she asked for a minimum of $44 million from Nygaard and ‘Nygaard Investigations,’ the name of his company.
She claims Nygaard defamed and slandered her and her business through “scorched earth” harassment. Her scorched earth harassment claims mean she believes he was finding and convincing her clients that she had scammed them.
After the television network heard of the allegations against her, they pulled the plug on a potential show with her. She’s demanding damages for that.
“He’s saying she’s not a psychic. I want him to prove it. Should my pastor be hauled off to jail for charging me a tithe so I can get to heaven?
It’s all what you believe. She provides a service that some people believe in,” said her lawyer Gary Jenkins.
Lee Has A History Of Arrests
The 44-year-old was arrested in December 2018 and accused of scamming a 64-year-old woman out of more than $12,300.
The criminal complaint states Lee worked with the client from June to July and convinced her that she had a “dark force” around her and her home. She told the woman that she could remove this force from her life if she paid her.
Before being arrested in Bedford, Lee had been arrested in Mount Pleasant a few months prior. In that case, a 52-year-old woman accused her of scamming $7,500 from her.
The complaint for this arrest stated that she stole this money from the client through “fortune telling and false pretenses.”
Authorities are charging Lee with third-degree grand larceny in both of these cases. This charge is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
These latest arrests occurred while Lee was still on probation after having been found guilty of identity theft a year before in Manhattan. She had attempted to rent an apartment in SoHo that cost $6,050 a month under someone else’s name and a fake Florida driver’s license in June of 2017.
In June 2018, she was charged again for her part in a similar 2017 rent scam. This case was a little different, as she had managed to rent and live in the apartment on the Upper East Side from about April to December of 2017 under an assumed name.
Police arrested her after failing to make the $5,395 monthly rent for several months and owed $22,000.
Lee’s also facing a civil judgment in Westchester County Court for owing a man over $290,000. In court documents, Lee admitted that she and Serenity House LLC, a company she controls, took out a loan for this money in 2014 and hadn’t paid it back.
The Lawsuit Against Bob Nygaard
Although private investigator Nygaard didn’t immediately return messages regarding the lawsuit, he’s been clear and outspoken about his dislike for Lee and prosecutors who don’t push for jail time when it comes to scamming psychics like her.
He took to Twitter to announce his part in the latest arrest of the “flagitious self-proclaimed psychic Janet Lee.” He also expressed his contempt for the prosecutors of Westchester for not pursuing charges related to five other people he claims are victims of Lee’s.
He gets involved in cases against psychics because law enforcement doesn’t usually take these scams seriously. In 2013 he helped bring down a fraudulent psychic who scammed over 1 million dollars from an unsuspecting victim for two years.
In the lawsuit against him, Lee states that she had already agreed to pay the alleged victim back before Nygaard interfered in the matter and had her arrested for it.
Her lawyer requested a temporary restraining order against Nygaard. State Supreme Court Judge Charles Wood approved the order but didn’t give Jenkins everything he asked for in the order.
Jenkins had asked the judge to forbid Nygaard from interfering with her business and current or past clients. The judge declined to block the detective from communicating with the clients.
The lawyer also asked the judge to ban the detective from defaming, slandering, and disparaging Lee on social media. However, Wood only refused Nygaard from defaming and slandering the psychic. He crossed out the “disparage” and social media parts of the request.
The judge also declined Jenkins’s request to prohibit Nygaard from encouraging authorities to continue pursuing charges against Lee’s psychic business.