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NYC psychic on trial on charges of conning clients

October 3, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say that when two lovelorn women wandered into a New York City fortune-teller's shop, the soothsayer foresaw lucrative opportunities — for herself.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says Sylvia Mitchell promised to rid both customers of their problems.

They say that, instead, she bilked one out of $128,000 and another out of more than $10,000.

Mitchell went on trial Thursday on grand larceny and other charges.

The first customer was a Singaporean immigrant contending with loneliness and an unrequited workplace crush while working a demanding job.

The second is a Naples, Fla.-based ballroom dancing instructor. She turned to Mitchell after losing a job and being dumped by a boyfriend within a day.

The defense says there's no evidence Mitchell failed to provide the services for which she was hired.



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