Rachel Lee used to live in a nearly-million dollar house in Portlandâs west hills. Now sheâs destined for an even bigger house.
While working as a psychic, Rachel Lee conned a lonely tree-farm heir out an estimated $15.5 million. She was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland to 100 monthsâa little more than eight yearsâin prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
In May 2014, WW first shed light on how Rachel Lee ingratiated herself to Ralph Raines Jr., heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company.
Rachel Lee befriended Raines in 2004 and soon after began helping him manage his finances. Two years later, Raines hired Lee to care for his elderly father and bought her a $915,000 home in Northwest Portland.
In 2008, Rachel Leeâs daughter, Porsha Lee, joined the scam by posing as âMary Marks,â a British citizen in need of a green card. To pull off the ruse, Porsha Lee donned a blond wig, glasses, heavy make-up and an English accent.
Raines told investigators he was in love with âMary.â And court records show that Porsha Lee, disguised as Mary, was able to convince Raines that they were married and that he was the father of her child via artificial insemination.
In reality, they hadnât wed, Porsha Lee had spent the duration of her âpregnancyâ in California and the baby was actually born to her sister, Samantha Lee.
After the death of Rainesâ father in 2011, Rachel Lee convinced Raines to sell the Northwest Portland home for $640,000. She also got him to sell his familyâs tree farm for $12.3 million, telling him he needed the money to cover inheritance taxes, according to the indictment.
Then she and her boyfriend, Blancey Lee, went on an epic shopping spree, which included a $200,000 Ferrari convertible and a $300,000 Bentley Mulsanne complete with âMRBIGâ and âMRBIG1â vanity plates.