Mentor Psychic’s Sentence Upheld

43-year-old Gina Miller, a self-proclaimed psychic who testified that her nomadic Romani upbringing was responsible for her bilking 12 of her Mentor clients out of $1.4 million, will not receive a reduced prison sentence. Miller, of Madison Township, was sentenced in April to the maximum eight years in prison for stealing from her clients at Gina’s Psychic Studio on Mentor Avenue over a 15-year period. She pleaded guilty before Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent Culotta to one count of aggravated theft. Defense attorney Louis Carlozzi asked the judge for a minimum sentence, noting that Miller had no prior criminal record and would not be able to pay the victims back if she were behind bars. On appeal, Miller accused Judge Culotta of failing to consider that she was raised in a cultural environment that devalued education for women in favor of developing their so-called fortune-telling skills. The appellate court — including two female judges– rejected Miller’s “unusual background” arguments.