New court action against Shildon TV psychic was "entirely predictable", says former victim

The Northern Echo: BACK IN COURT: Sylvia Mitchell BACK IN COURT: Sylvia Mitchell

FRESH court action against a television psychic who fled the region leaving a trail of debts was entirely predictable, says one of her victims.

Sylvia Mitchell told a local authority in Hertfordshire she had no previous convictions - despite being convicted of fraud at Teesside Crown Court last year.

Mitchell - who also uses the names Jools Marquiss, Izzy Mitchell and Fran Willows - abandoned her home in Shildon without paying her debts.

These included £455 to her assistant who was left behind looking after her cats.

The 56-year-old also owed £254 to a newsagents for magazines and newspapers and £1,000 to Shildon gardener Kevin Adamson for work he did at her house.

It has now emerged that after leaving the North-East, she told Hertsmere Borough Council, in Hertfordshire, that she had no criminal record.

The lie allowed her to receive temporary accommodation in several hotels.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to falsely stating that she had no previous convictions.

She was fined £200, and ordered to pay £85 and a victims surcharge of £20 by a court.

The deception means she will not be able to apply for council housing in the borough for the next two years.

Mr Adamson, who is still owed the money for his two days of work, said he was not surprised Mitchell was back in trouble with the law.

“She just goes around the country ripping people off - she's a disgusting piece of work and I can't believe how lenient her sentences are.”

Mitchell has regularly appeared on the satellite TV show Psychic First, using the name Izzy.

She claims to have a number of celebrity clients, but refused to name them when she appeared at Teesside Crown Court where she was found guilty of three fraud charges and sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years.

During the trial it emerged that heartless Mitchell, formerly of Cedar Grove, Shildon, was previously convicted of fleecing a friend in 2008 by pretending she was dying of cancer.

She has convictions for dishonesty going back to the 1980s for handling and using stolen cheques and stealing from an employer.

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