NYC psychic on trial on charges of conning clients

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 dance 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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