A woman in Connecticut, coincidentally named Stacy Caputo (presumably no relation to the “Long Island Medium,” Teresa Caputo), says she gave $2 million to the “psychic” who falsely claimed that Lindsay Lohan had assaulted her in a nightclub.
Stacy Caputo says she gave a South Florida “psychic” more than $2 million over a five-year period and doubts that she will ever get any of that money back.
Caputo said she believed for a long time that the psychic, a woman known as Tiffany Ava Mitchell, was giving the money to God and to charities as part of a mission to clear “negativity” and “bad energy” from Caputo’s life…
Caputo said she was shocked when she saw the woman she knew as “Ava” on a celebrity gossip TV show in November 2012. Mitchell, clasping a Louis Vuitton bag, was surrounded by paparazzi as she accused troubled celebrity Lindsay Lohan of slugging her in a hip nightclub in Manhattan. Police later said video footage revealed no assault.Caputo, who lives in Connecticut, said that’s when she began to doubt Mitchell and question if her money was really going to charity. Mitchell wouldn’t answer her questions, she said.
“I started asking her for receipts,” said Caputo, now 45. ” ‘Show me what you did with the money’ — I really thought there would be a homeless shelter with my name over the door. … 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 said West Palm Beach detectives later told her that her allegations were too weak to file criminal charges, but she hopes her story might encourage other people to come forward if they believe they were misled.
“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. “If people are more aware of this, they’ll be less likely to get taken.”
I simply don’t understand how anyone could fall for this, but it happens all the time.