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ADA -- Sam Quinton Lee, 40, was sentenced to forty years in prison, to be followed by a term of thirty years suspended sentence, after pleading guilty in Pontotoc County District Court. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Welde. Lee entered the plea of guilty during jury selection Monday.

Lee was charged with ten felony counts related to a scheme in which he and his accomplices, claiming to work for a utility company, would allegedly entice elderly people to go out in the back yard of their homes. According to the prosecutors, while outside an accomplice would enter the homes and steal checks out of the victims' checkbooks. Investigators say the checks would then be forged and cashed. In all, six different checks were allegedly stolen and cashed at various banks in Ada.

"My office considers the scamming of elderly citizens to be a very serious crime," District Attorney Chris Ross said. "Whether it is a ploy involving fake home improvement, or a scheme such as the one employed by this defendant, these crimes deserve significant punishment. Mr. Welde worked very hard on this case, as did Detective Kathi Johnston of the Ada Police Department.  I commend them both on their effort. The defendant had a history of preying on the elderly. After he serves his forty year sentence, he will have another thirty years of probation. If he commits more crime, he can receive thirty more years."