Mystic Fortune Teller Convicted of Grand Larceny

Friday, Oct 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:11 PM EDT
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Mystic Fortune Teller Convicted of Grand Larceny

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A psychic from Mystic has been convicted of bamboozling clients out of more than $100,000 by pledging to solve problems she traced to previous lives.

Sylvia Mitchell, who practices in New York City, was found guilty Friday of grand larceny and scheming to defraud. She's jailed without bail ahead of an Oct. 29 sentencing.

The Manhattan district attorney's office portrayed Mitchell as a fortune-telling fraudster who preyed on vulnerable people.

A Singaporean woman testified she paid more than $120,000 after Mitchell said she'd help get rid of "negative energy."

A Florida ballroom dancing instructor testified she gave Mitchell $27,000 after being told she needed to break her attachment to money.

Defense lawyer William Aronwald says Mitchell was hired to try to help people and there's no evidence she didn't.

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