TV psychic in court after lying about criminal record on Hertsmere Borough Council housing form

She has has regularly appeared on the satellite TV show Psychic First, using the name Izzy

She has has regularly appeared on the satellite TV show Psychic First, using the name Izzy

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A television psychic failed to predict a court appearance when she lied about having no criminal record on a housing form.

Jools Marquiss told Hertsmere Borough Council she had a clean slate - despite having been convicted of fraud in Teeside late last year.

Taxpayers were then forced to foot the bill after the 56-year-old was temporarily moved to hotel accommodation in both South Mimms and Borehamwood.

The deception has also scuppered her chances of being housed in the borough for the next two years.

She pleaded guilty to falsely stating she had no previous convictions and was fined £200, and ordered to pay £85 and a victims surcharge of £20.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for housing and economic development, said: "It's very important that those applying to the council for housing provision do so lawfully and provide accurate statements about their backgrounds and situation so that accommodation can be allocated fairly."

Marquiss, who also goes by Sylvia Mitchell, has regularly appeared on the satellite TV show Psychic First, using the name Izzy.

She claims to have a number of celebrity clients, but at a hearing in Teesside Crown Court last September, she refused to reveal who they were.

Judge George Moorhouse heard how she asked her personal assistant to housesit but never returned - leaving the man £455 out of pocket.

She left behind a trail of debts including £254 owed to a newsagent in magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and £1,000 to a builder for gardening work.

At the time, she was found guilty of three fraud charges, and given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

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11:46pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Neville Longbottom says...

"£1,000 to a builder for gardening work," errr.
"£1,000 to a builder for gardening work," errr. Neville Longbottom
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4:40pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Justice4gardeners says...

Neville I know the man who did the garden, he isn't a builder he is a gardening service trying to make a go of his own business, he was asked to replace a fence around a large garden (£385 for timber) returf lawns back and front (hire of rotovator for a day £80 + 40 sq metres of turf £120) make new path and gravel over part of gardens (2 tons of gravel £120) provide new topsoil for garden (1 ton topsoil £40) had to pay a labourer for help with heavy work on one day (£80) and hire a skip to take away accumulated rubbish, garden waste, old fencing (£120) so it cost him £945 and he asked for £1000 so he wasn't going to get much profit for himself anyway, but in the circumstances he got NOTHING because joolsizzysylvia or whatever her name was on that particular day of the week did a runner, yes a runner on legs that work perfectly fine at any other time than when she is in court.
Neville I know the man who did the garden, he isn't a builder he is a gardening service trying to make a go of his own business, he was asked to replace a fence around a large garden (£385 for timber) returf lawns back and front (hire of rotovator for a day £80 + 40 sq metres of turf £120) make new path and gravel over part of gardens (2 tons of gravel £120) provide new topsoil for garden (1 ton topsoil £40) had to pay a labourer for help with heavy work on one day (£80) and hire a skip to take away accumulated rubbish, garden waste, old fencing (£120) so it cost him £945 and he asked for £1000 so he wasn't going to get much profit for himself anyway, but in the circumstances he got NOTHING because joolsizzysylvia or whatever her name was on that particular day of the week did a runner, yes a runner on legs that work perfectly fine at any other time than when she is in court. Justice4gardeners
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