PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A woman says police told her claims a Florida psychic misled her were too weak for charges but hopes her story may encourage others to come forward.
Stacy Caputo, who lives in Connecticut, said she doubts she'll get back any of the more than $2 million she gave South Florida psychic Tiffany Ava Mitchell during a five-year period as a way to clear the "negativity" and "bad energy" from Caputo's life, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Sunday.
Caputo said she believed Mitchell was giving the money to God and to charities, but began to doubt her when she saw the woman she knew as "Ava" on a celebrity gossip television show in November 2012 surrounded by paparazzi as she accused troubled actress Lindsay Lohan of hitting her in a Manhattan nightclub. (Police later said video did not indicate an assault occurred.)
"I started asking her for receipts," Caputo told the Sun Sentinel. "She just said she had to pray on it, but she never gave me any receipts and she never explained where the money went."
Caputo first reported her concerns to the Palm Beach Police Department where an officer said he directed her to West Palm Beach police because the financial transactions allegedly occurred there, the Sun Sentinel said.
"It's a shameful type of thing to admit, but I don't think I have a legal leg to stand on to get that money back," said Caputo, who had her first reading with Ava in 2007 after she was approached by someone claiming to be Ava's relative in Palm Beach a year before. "If people are more aware of this, they'll be less likely to get taken."
The Sun Sentinel said a woman identifying herself as Mitchell's assistant returned calls Thursday and Friday but said she couldn't contact Mitchell.