“It was so successful, the line wrapped around the cosmetic counter,” Ms. Lee told The Greenwich Free Press in 2015. “And they all wanted follow-ups.”
She hung her shingle on Greenwich Avenue among high-end boutiques like Tory Burch, Kate Spade and a store that sells “European Hunting and Country Clothing.” A plaque in front of her office namechecks Nostradamus and Nancy Reagan, and a framed front-page article from a local newspaper was mounted on the wall inside, her photo above the headline “This Psychic Has a Feeling She Belongs in Town.”
Life was good. Ms. Lee’s friendliness toward the news media is contrary to the approach of many storefront psychics in New York City, who seek to avoid the limelight, and she became well known in Greenwich. Another newspaper clipping described a line of people outside her office late at night, bar hoppers stopping for a reading. She said many of her clients were Wall Street executives seeking guidance.
“I guess I’m kind of branded,” she said in a telephone interview on Friday. She worked for a time in the Hamptons. She compared her work to “therapy,” and said she did not engage in the sort of schemes — claims of evil spirits and cursed money — that attract the police to some psychic parlors.
A lawsuit filed in January says otherwise.
In 2015, a woman named Sheila McKiver visited Ms. Lee’s office in Greenwich and paid $200 for a tarot card reading and a psychic consultation, she claimed in the lawsuit. Ms. Lee soon persuaded Ms. McKiver to liquidate her 401(k) and give Ms. Lee $32,900, which Ms. Lee promised to lock in a box in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, to be returned, cleansed of evil spirits, in six months, the lawsuit states. The money was not returned, says the suit, which was filed in Stamford, Conn.
Asked about the case on Friday, Ms. Lee said, “I can’t really speak about that.”
Last year, Ms. Lee left Greenwich for Manhattan, she said.
This June, a woman contacted a real estate agent and asked to see an apartment on West Broadway in SoHo, according to a criminal complaint. The rent was $6,050 a month.