'Sweetheart Swindler' sentenced to eight years in prison - KMOV.com

'Sweetheart Swindler' sentenced to eight years in prison

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Rachel Lee pleaded guilty to charges that she conned a Gaston, Ore. tree farmer out of millions of dollars over the past 10 years, even convincing her children and grandchild to get involved in the fraud. By KMOV.com Staff Rachel Lee pleaded guilty to charges that she conned a Gaston, Ore. tree farmer out of millions of dollars over the past 10 years, even convincing her children and grandchild to get involved in the fraud. By KMOV.com Staff

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A woman accused of making her daughter fake a marriage and pregnancy in order to pull off a multi-million dollar scam was sentenced Thursday to 100 months in prison.

Rachel Lee pleaded guilty to charges that she conned a Gaston tree farmer out of millions of dollars over the past 10 years, even convincing her children and grandchild to get involved in the fraud.

Lee and farmer Ralph Raines Jr. met at Lee's psychic shop in Bend in 2004. The pair made a connection and Raines hired Lee as a full-time caregiver for his elderly father.

Lee lived with Raines and his father on their property, convincing the men she needed access to their bank accounts in order to pay for the elder Raines.

Officials say Lee used that information to funnel money into her own bank account.

Investigators say Lee then brought her daughter, Porsha in on the scam.

Porsha Lee wore a blonde wig and pretended to be a woman named Mary, who had Raines sign fake marriage documents to convince him they were married.

She also wore a fake belly to convince Raines that she was pregnant through artificial insemination.

Porsha Lee told Raines she gave birth and then showed up with her sister's child, claiming he was Raines' son.

Investigators said while all this was happening, the Lees were buying lavish cars, clothes and traveling the world, bilking Raines out of $15 million.

In court Thursday, Raines was still wearing his wedding band. He said the years he spent with the Lees were some of the best of his life.

Raines family friend Janine Scott said she's glad to see the ordeal come to an end, because it's been hard on Raines.

"I'm just so glad it's over for him," Scott said. "Well, it will never be completely over because he still believes that Mary was his wife."

Before she was sentenced, Lee testified that she was sorry for everything she did to Raines because she really did care about him. She also said she's glad it's over because it was hard living with all the lies.

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