Gina B Miller, 42, from Mentor, Ohio, United States, claimed to be a psychic medium and went on to warn some clients they would come into harm if they did not pay her cash to improve their “psychic readings”.
Lake County Common Pleas Court heard she told at least 12 people they were at risk if they did not cough up more for readings.
Miller warned some clients they might die, and another that her grandson was at risk of an early death, if she did not pay for her to buy a Cadillac.
Another was told a beloved horse would die, and another their house may burn down.
The fake mystic pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated theft in connection with the paranormal scam that ran from August 1, 2001 to September 16, 2015 at her Gina’s Psychic Studio in her hometown.
The court heard Miller convinced clients to pay her with luxury items including Rolex watches, a diamond ring, a kitchen table and chairs, a 40-inch television, nine cellphones, an Apple iPad, Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, two Cadillacs and a Corvette.
Prosecutors said she homed in on clients’ vulnerabilities and exploited them, by identify a problem and asking for more money to “research” it before saying they were cursed and requesting more to remove it.
One Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent went undercover as a prospective client to gain evidence, prosecutors said.
Recordings of her speaking to the agent were played in court.
Miller asked the undercover agent to pay her $ 180 (£140) for “crystals” that might improve luck, and asked the undercover agent to keep their meetings secret.
Designer clothes, shoes, and other luxuries were found when police raised Miller’s home in 2015.
Judge Vincent A Culotta imposed the maximum sentence for a second-degree crime at her sentencing.
He said: “Quite simply, you don’t deserve leniency. You deserve to be punished.”
The court heard from tearful clients about how they were scammed.
One 72-year-old woman said she was now having to do two jobs to clear debts.
She said: “I do not believe that I suddenly became stupid, gullible or irresponsible. Gina targeted me.”
Miller and defence attorney Louis Carlozzi said she regretted her actions and pleaded for leniency saying she was the primary career for two teenage sons, one who is mentally ill.
Miller said: “I would just ask that you give me mercy, for me and my son, so that I can care for him.”