Village Psychic Wanted for Allegedly Scamming Customer Out of $28,000
By Tom Liddy
DNAinfo News Editor
GREENWICH VILLAGE — For a Greenwich Village psychic, the future could hold a pair of handcuffs.
Sylvia Mitchell, 36, is wanted for scamming a Manhattan woman out of $28,000, according to a published report.
After reading the victim's palm in July 2008 at "Zena" on Seventh Avenue South and Bleecker Street, Mitchell allegedly told her she could help "better her life" for $1,000, the New York Times said.
The woman gave her the money.
Later, Mitchell allegedly told the victim that she could cure her attachment to cash by forking over $27,000, promising that she could get it back when she wanted.
When the woman asked for her cash back, Mitchell allegedly said it wasn't "available," the Times said.
Mitchell is also the target of a 2010 lawsuit in which she is accused of cooking up a bizarre list of rituals for a woman who had "blockages" and then scamming her out of $10,000.
When the woman threatened to go to the cops, Mitchell returned $10,000, but the payments have stopped and she can't be found, the paper said.
Zena is not a suspect, according to the Times. A message left at her shop was not returned.