This story is an update to one I reported earlier, Scamming Psychics From Palm Beach Arrested In New York City. When the fraudulent ex-psychic was declared a free woman, a police officer took off her handcuffs. She wiped the tears from her face, visibly relieved to leave the court a free woman. “I’m very sorry for what happened,” the scamming psychic, Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, told the judge.
This last sentencing phase resulted from a long-standing deception that Delmaro used on her victim. The victim is a 33-year-old online entrepreneur named Niall Rice. Rice ended up paying 26-year-old Delmaro over $550,000 based on her promises to him. Among the promises, she convinced him she could reunite him with the woman he loved.
Delmaro kept up the ploy even after learning that the woman had died. Delmaro had been there for eight months when she walked out of jail yesterday. She agreed to a plea agreement, and the judge sentenced her to four years of probation. Her lawyers calling her victim’s credibility into question helped her sentencing tremendously.
Rice returned to his home in London last year after Delmaro’s arrest and was not present at the hearing. However, he wrote a victim-impact statement to Justice Larry Stephen at the State Supreme Court. In the letter, he argued against the plea agreement terms, which stated that Delmaro would not have to pay restitution. Should the court choose it, she may have to give any future earnings to Rice.
Rice’s Victim-Impact Statement
“Think of a person going through difficult times. Perhaps it’s a death in the family, addiction, they could have just been fired from their job, or even an illness or physical injury. “Each of those people you are thinking of has the potential to be a future victim of this crime,” he wrote in his letter. This case has garnered much attention because of the large amount of money she scammed him.
Combined with a different psychic that Rice had met before Delmaro, he paid about $713,975. He spent that much on psychic services and promises that were impossible to fulfill. After Rice met the first psychic and became dissatisfied with her, he went to Delmaro’s psychic in 2013. He sought help because he had met and fallen in love with a woman at a rehab center.
Soon afterward, she told him she didn’t have the same feelings for him, upsetting Rice. Delmaro assured him that she could unite the two as lovers with unique crystals, an 80-mile bridge made out of gold, and a time machine. When Rice learned Michelle had passed away, Delmaro promised him she could reincarnate her spirit into a different woman’s body.
She even told him that the woman he was currently seeing in California was the woman he loved, Michelle. All through the scam, Delmaro had Rice believing that helping him caused her to be financially broke and in danger. He told the court in his statement that he “believed Ms.Delmaro had sacrificed her business, home, car, was in $100,000 of credit card debt, and had been living in a church for the last six months, all to help me.”
Several Factors Worked In The Psychic’s Favor
The court heard about how Rice and Delmaro slept together on one occasion. This change from a business relationship to an intimate one could have hurt Rice’s credibility as a witness. Her lawyers argued that the money she gave seemed more like gifts and less like payments. “Delmaro will have profited $71,125 a month, tax-free, for each month she was required to spend in jail,” wrote Rice.
He criticized the prosecutor for not looking for more victims in his statement. Rice feels he could have done this by obtaining a search warrant for her cell phone and seizing it as evidence. Along with his statement, he also submitted accounts of a video that claims to show Delmaro’s partner, Bobby Evans, bragging about how he was a “millionaire” and that “Kelly did it”- Kelly is Delmaro’s middle name.
Another blow to the victim was that his lawyers never read his statements out loud in court. Nabilah Hossain, an assistant district attorney, quietly entered his statement into the record without saying anything about it. Even when asked questions after the hearing about his statement, she refused to answer them. Rice believes her victims are ashamed and embarrassed, keeping them from coming forward with their experiences.
“For those that do, like myself, they face instant criticism, are judged as a sucker- an idiot,” he wrote. Before leaving court, Delmaro stopped for a quick interview, saying, “I’m happy that I’m going to be home to my three kids,” ages 8, 6, and 4. “I’ve been through so much.” In a telephone interview with Rice after Delmaro was released, he said, “I’m rebuilding.” He stated that he had plans to start a website exposing psychic scams.