Spiritual scammer pleads guilty to ripping off Manhattan business owner

May 10, 2013 5:17:57 PM PDT
A phony spiritual guru has pleaded guilty to grand larceny after stealing more than $650,000 from a business owner in Manhattan, authorities said.

Janet Miller said the money was dirty and needed to be "cleansed," officials said.

Miller has allegedly been "cleansing" people's money, and then stealing it for a long time.

The New York case started at an apartment on East 41 Street, and ended with the victim handing over the money.

Miller's criminal history dates back to Philadelphia in 1998 where she pled guilty to fortune telling. She had faced 6 other counts of theft, which were dismissed in a plea deal.

In an open case, a woman in Houston says she met Miller at a mall. Over the course of six months, she says Miller talked her into divorcing her husband and handing over $216,000 so it could be cleansed.

Prosecutors do not know how many other victims there might be, but after pleading guilty on Friday, miller will have a year in jail to think about it.