UPDATE: Psychic Who Bilked Man of More Than $550,000 Is Set Free
A court officer removed the handcuffs that bound the thin wrists of the former fortuneteller, and she raised her hands to wipe away tears, about to leave the courtroom a free woman.“I’m very sorry for what happened,” the psychic, Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, told the judge.The sentencing in Manhattan on Tuesday was the culmination of a bizarre crime of deception that stood out even against the backdrop of similar swindles that play out across decks of tarot cards and over crystal balls. The victim in the case, Niall Rice, 33, an online entrepreneur, paid more than $550,000 to Ms. Delmaro, 26, who promised to reunite him with a woman he loved. The ruse continued even after they learned the woman had died.Ms. Delmaro left the court having served eight months in jail. She will serve four years of probation under the terms of a plea agreement, which leaned heavily in her favor after the credibility of the victim had been called into question.
Seeing Freedom in Their Future, Psychics Reveal All: ‘It’s a Scam, Sir’ - The New York Times