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Psychic, tarot card reader facing theft by deception charge in Sussex County

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Rhode Island woman is facing charges after allegedly stealing nearly $20,000 in money and property while serving as a psychic and tarot card reader.

Tina Mitchell, 49, of Providence was charged with third-degree theft by deception, police said.

On Jan. 18, police investigated a theft by deception complaint, alleging that Mitchell, who identified herself as “Amina” to the victim, had taken property in the capacity of a psychic and tarot reader, officials said.

Mitchell had been operating Compassionate Tarot Reading in Franklin Borough and had stolen currency, precious metals, and jewelry from the victim valued at nearly $20,000 over the course of several months. The currency and property, which included the wedding band of the victim’s deceased husband, were received by Mitchell, who was supposed to return the material once her “psychic services” had been rendered, police said.

During the investigation, Mitchell was found to have a lengthy history of similar activity in multiple states and countries, as well as an outstanding warrant for similar criminal activity out of Union City issued in 2001, police said.

A warrant for Mitchell’s arrest was granted on Feb. 1 charging her with third-degree theft by deception with extradition throughout the Eastern Seaboard to the state of Maine. She was ultimately identified on April 9 in Salem, Massachusetts during a motor vehicle accident investigation and was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant, police said.

Mitchell was then extradited to New Jersey by detectives from the Franklin Borough Police Department and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.

She was then lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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