Psychic Rachel lee was no different then any other psychic, living off her wages and earnings that she made from her psychic clinic. In appearance she seemed like everyone else, but there was something more sinister and very troubling about her. According to prosecutors, the scheme began 10 years ago when Ralph Raines Jr., now 67, met Rachel Lee at her psychic shop in Bend, Ore. Raines’ father was in declining health due to a stroke.
A psychic who perpetrated one of Oregon’s longest, wildest and most elaborate frauds – separating a Gaston tree-farm heir from a family fortune estimated at $15.5 million – is scheduled for sentencing Thursday in Portland’s U.S. District Court.
How the scam worked !
“(Raines) Jr. visited a fortune teller, and as a result, he lost his fortune.”The fleecing of Raines – a 10-year series of hoaxes and swindles – began in 2004, when Raines stopped by Lee’s Psychic Shop in Bend. The relationship grew of trust, as Raines the heir to the tree farm fortune began to know and like the fortune teller.
Raines was a 57 year old bachelor and perhaps some what lonely.It was perhaps why the tree heir, kept going back to the fortune teller.A likable man described in court papers as naive and gullible. He had long been fascinated by the paranormal and he would later tell investigators that he had visited at least as many psychic readers as they had visited shoe stores.
Prosecutors alleged Lee met Ralph Raines Jr. in 2004, became the caregiver to his ailing father and soon gained control of bank accounts and assets. Over nearly a decade, prosecutors said, she acted as the mastermind of a scheme to plunder Raines’ estate, taking control of his $20 million fortune and leaving him with about $200,000. Raines Jr. is in his 60s. His father has since died.
For the next couple of years, according to prosecutors, Raines kept meeting Lee and sharing his life, including his secrets and work history. Lee fabricated her own background, telling Raines she was a widow who had helped keep the books for her husband’s auto repair shop.
A segment aired on A.B.C. 20/20 http://abcnews.go.com/US/psychic-stole-millions-dollars-oregon-timber-heir/story?id=31364199
An Oregon psychic accused of preying on a Gaston tree-farm heir and taking control of his multimillion-dollar fortune, pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to defraud the victim of $16 million.
Rachel Lee, 43, of Canby, operated psychic shops in Portland, Bend and other Oregon locations. She entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Jones. She faces up to nine years in federal prison, said U.S. District Court spokeswoman Gerri Badden. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/10/oregon_psychic_pleads_guilty_t.html
Lee pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one count of criminal failure to file personal income taxes.
With everything this woman did, it was inconceivably one of the most evil types of crimes done she broke and aging man, stole his fortune and conned and deceived the man until she stole more then 12 million dollars. There is a good side to. The entire clan of frauds have all been recently charged and convicted for their parts in this sensationalized scam
Rachel lee sentenced to 8 years, gets federal time. http://www.dailyoffbeat.com/articles/6702/20150220/oregon-psychic-sentenced-eight.htm
Portland psychics boyfriend charged in same con. http://koin.com/2015/04/30/psychics-boyfriend-sentenced-in-oregon-con/
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 16, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ — The daughter of the Oregon psychic who trimmed a tree heir’s fortune pleaded guilty.It is said Porsha Lee the psychic daughter will serve no less then 2 years, but more likely the three year term because of the mandated time served with the federal prison guidelines.
The story is compelling and one that brings me great sadness. In the end someones greed and evil deeds were noticed, but what of the man they broke and destroyed, how does one get paid back for losing their life’s fortune. Is the justice that was done worth it? was justice severe enough ? was the punishment harsh enough?
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