An Oregon woman who worked as a psychic is accused of scamming a Gaston tree farmer out of millions of dollars over a 10-year period.
According to court documents, Rachel Lee, 43, met the man, who is now 66 years old, in 2004. Over the next few years, she conspired to gain his trust and eventually sell his property and take his money, a federal indictment states.
The man lived with his father on their Gaston tree farm. After his father suffered a stroke, Lee became their full-time homecare worker.
She was previously affiliated with psychic shops in Bend, Canby, St. Helens and Portland.
Court documents state she moved into the men's home and eventually sought and received access to family bank accounts and a debit card, for the alleged purposes of covering their expenses.
In 2006, she took over administrative control of the tree farm business.
She's accused of opening joint checking accounts with the victim and falsely representing to bank employees that they were engaged.
However, in 2009, court documents allege Lee's daughter became involved, using an alias and disguise to make the victim think they were married. An indictment states Porsha Lee, 24, posed as a woman from England named Mary Marks who was an illegal immigrant from England and needed to marry the victim so that she could get her Green Card.
"When posing as Mary Marks, Porsha Lee typically presented in heavy makeup, a blond wig, glasses, a hat and a British accent," court documents state.
They were not legally married. Still, the federal indictment states he believed she had given birth to his son, a child who actually belonged to another family member.
Porsha Lee then began sharing administrative control of the tree farm with Rachel Lee, according to investigators, and they gradually took complete control of all the financial affairs.
The victim's father died in 2011. Court documents said the victim was fully dependent on Rachel and Porsha Lee for all financial and business decisions by that point.
That led to the sale of the tree farm. The suspects are accused of convincing the victim it had to be done to pay his inheritance tax assessments.
Porsha Lee, posing as the victim's wife, negotiated the sale of at least four properties totaling around 1,300 acres for more than $12 million, according to court documents.
Court documents allege that money was used by the suspects, as well as two other family members connected to the case, to pay for homes, high-end clothes, trips to California and Las Vegas, stays in luxury hotels and expensive cars.
Court documents state those cars included a 2012 Bentley and a 2012 Ferrari, with respective Oregon license plates of "MRBIG" and "MRBIG1," as well a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.
The suspects are accused of telling the victim due to taxes, he had no money left from the sale of the tree farm and would need to file for bankruptcy.
In all, four people are facing charges in connection to this case. Booking photos for Blancey Lee and Samantha Lee were not available.
Charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit transactional money laundering.
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