Phony Psychic Sent to Jail for Stealing $700K from Lovelorn Man
A “psychic” swindler who preyed on a lovelorn Brooklyn man for nearly two years got a plea deal Tuesday in Manhattan court over the objection of her victim who wanted a harsher punishment.
Pricilla Delmaro, 26, copped to one count of grand larceny in exchange for one year in jail and four years of probation for duping marketing executive Niall Rice out of more than $700,000.
Although Justice Larry Stephen entered a judgment against her for $557,411, she is not required to pay restitution as part of the deal.
Although Rice did not appear in court, the private investigator he hired to track her down did.
“It’s a complete travesty of justice,” said Bob Nygaard of the deal. “He’s going to be extremely disappointed and frustrated with the system. He’s suffering, but he’s trying to rebuild his life. He feels the system let him down.”
Delmaro, who has been in jail since her arrest May 26th, will serve a total of about eight months by the time she’s sentenced Jan. 26.
Rice stumbled into Delmaro’s Times Square shop in 2013. The psychic convinced him that the woman he loved was threatened by evil spirits. She told him that if he paid up, she’d remove them.
And he kept paying.
Even after his love interest died, Rice continued to hand over cash convinced that Delmaro would reincarnate the deceased young woman into another person’s body.
Eventually, the well-to-do executive, who lived in Williamsburg at the time, became suspicious and hired psychic sleuth Bob Nygaard, who specializes in fortunetelling scams.
But Delmaro was already in the wind.
But then the investigator got a tip that the crystal gazer and her husband Bobby Evans were dining at a Manhattan steakhouse. He called detectives who were investigating the case and she was swiftly picked up.
Nygaard had helped cops in Florida bust Delmaro a few years ago on a similar scam.
“She’s happy to move on and put this behind her and get back to her children,” said Delmaro’s lawyer Jeffrey Cylkowski. “She needs to find a new career.”