Celebrity Psychic Sylvia Mitchell Lied To Friend About Having Cancer Then Disappeared Owing Thousands Of Dollars In Debt
A psychic who has worked with several celebrities and was able to help them with their futures was unable to help her own future and has been found guilty of three fraud charges.
56-year-old Sylvia Mitchell was receiving flack that had been a long way in the making so she fled her home and left her personal assistant who she had just hired to stay home and deal with all her problems and to cat-sit without him knowing she was running off.
This latest escapade is the most recent in a number of tricks Mitchell has pulled in an attempt to runaway from her long list of debts, the Teesside Crown Court was told last week.
Her trail of lies goes as far back as the 1980’s when she was caught stealing checks and using them, as well as stealing from a past employer.
Mitchell, who has several aliases including Fran Willow, Izzy, and Jools Marquiss, was found guilty in 2008 of scamming thousands of dollars from a “friend” by lying to them about having cancer.
That scam lasted for years; the judge referred to the scam, calling it ‘despicable’.
“It beggars the belief of right-thinking people that such meanness could be operated in such a manipulative fashion,” Judge George Moorhouse said.
She had her day in court on September 30th and was given a three-month prison sentence due to being found guilty of three fraud charges. Her prison sentence is to be suspended for two years.
Mitchell has been on the TV show Psychic First, and is a well-known psychic in the clairvoyant field.
However, there are several bills that she chose not to pay, which include a £1,000 debt to a builder who did gardening work for her and £254 owed to a newsagent for newspapers and magazines.
When questioned on why she never paid the builder who worked for her for two days, she had several excuses. The builder claimed that Mitchell left him ‘out-of-pocket and aggrieved’.
She only got as far as to Hertfordshire in her latest attempt to flee her debts before she was caught and arrested there.
The court was also told about how her recently hired personal assistant was out £455 from his own pocket due to unpaid wages and cat food he had to buy for her cats on his own.
This employee got the job with Mitchell after he applied for an opening through the JobCentre and states that when Mitchell interviewed him, she filled his head with stories of how she was a psychic to the stars and led a glamorous life.
When Mitchell arrived in court, she looked to be in very bad health; similar to the last time she appeared in court.
The last time she was in court was in 2008 and she showed up in a stretcher. Her defense lawyer at that time was Ian Bradshaw and he told the court that she was receiving 12-hour daily care for a back condition she suffered from.
This last time in court, Mitchell showed up in a wheelchair and her current defense lawyer, a man named Christopher Baker, told the court that she was in ‘very poor health’.
“She is not in any real fit state,” he said.
“Because of her health problems and because she does not accept she is guilty of these offences, there are not really any conditions that are sensible that can be imposed,” Baker told the judge.
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