S'pore woman allegedly conned of $160,000 by US psychic

S'pore woman allegedly conned of $160,000 by US psychic

They wandered into her store hoping she could help.

One was a heartbroken ballroom-dancing instructor who had just lost her job. The other, a Singaporean businesswoman, had a workplace crush.

But in the face of these troubles, Sylvia Mitchell, a fortune-teller in Greenwich Village, New York City, saw only lucrative opportunities for herself, prosecutors said.

The 39-year-old soothsayer allegedly conned the businesswoman, Ms Lee Choong, of US$128,000 (S$160,000) and Florida-based dance instructor Debra Saalfield of US$27,000.

Mitchell is on trial for grand larceny.

Ms Choong, who, in 2007, turned to Mitchell for help with unreciprocated romance, ended up giving Mitchell US$128,000 over two years, said prosecutors.

Ms Saalfield, whose trouble Mitchell said stemmed from being too attached to money, was charged US$75 for a initial consultation and later told to hand over US$27,000 as an exercise in parting with money.

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