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Saw It Coming? NY Psychic Sued For Lying, Scamming

By Tanya Roth, Esq. | Last updated on

You don't need clairvoyance to know that something is amiss if your psychic asks for your credit card and returns $4000 later with bags from Ralph Lauren.

Perhaps Dane Chan was just innocent at heart, not cynical like the rest of us. No, she actually believed that her psychic needed to do such expensive rituals for Chan's personal and spiritual cleansing. After all, who was she but a mere mortal, one who failed to understand the complexities and expenses involved in spiritual laundry. 

Unfortunately for her, she was allegedly suckered out of thousands of dollars by her psychic, a Sylvia Mitchell at Zena Psychic in Manhattan. 

It was all allegedly one big, crazy, psychic scam.

Chan, who was undergoing a plethora of personal problems ranging from a breakup with a boyfriend to issues at work, reportedly walked into the Greenwich Village psychic boutique after seeing its 7th avenue storefront one October in 2008. 

Chan was allegedly told, on two separate occasions, to place nine bills of one-hundred dollars each into a jar half filled with water. She was then told to sleep with the jar for one week and return with the jar, wearing black and carrying a crucifix, at which point the psychic supposedly took the jar. Chan also says she was also told to provide Mitchell with her credit card.

Surprise, surprise. The psychic allegedly racked up a $4,743 Ralph Lauren bill on the card.  When confronted about the bill, Mitchell purportedly claimed that it was to purchase "material" for a ritual she was going to perform. 

In her court papers, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Chan alleges that the psychic scammed her out of over $10,000. She is suing for $75,000.

Good luck collecting on this one, Dane Chan. I doubt the psychic kept any professional liability insurance. 

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