Sylvia Mitchell, a New York City psychic, has been convicted of swindling more than $100,000 from desperate people, promising them she could solve their troubles by removing “negative energy” associated with “past lives.”
Last week a jury convicted the Manhattan psychic on 10 counts of grand larceny and one of a scheme to defraud. She faces up to 15 years in prison when she’s sentenced later this month.
Assistant District Attorney James Bergamo said Mitchell "wasn't into cleansing spirits, she was into cleaning bank accounts."
Mitchell, 39, worked her con out of a posh Seventh Avenue South shop in Greenwich Village. Mitchell told one of her victims, Debra Saalfield, a professional dancer, that she (Saalfield) "was once an Egyptian princess" and "part of a ruling city,” and that she “had a problem with attachment to money," Saalfield testified.
Another victim, Lee Choong, an investment banker, gave Mitchell over $100,000, after Mitchell promised Choong relief from a faltering love life and "negative" vibes.
After her conviction, Mitchell, who was free without bail during her trial, was immediately handcuffed and tossed in jail by a Manhattan judge who said he thought she was a flight risk. Mitchell’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29.