Former Madras woman sentenced to prison

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jeannie Peggy Essie AdamsA former Madras woman, Jeannie Peggy Essie Adams, 72, was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from two Antelope residents.

Adams, who was known as "Peggy" and ran the Determination Social Center in Madras in the early 2000s, had lived in Antelope in recent years and acted as a caregiver for her two victims, according to Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley, who prosecuted the case.

"She was convicted of aggravated first-degree theft for stealing over $10,000 from two different people," said Nisley.

In the case of the late Richard Dodd, he said, "She basically forged a deed for his house and sold it to her boyfriend." Adams also kept Social Security money that was intended for Dodd.

The second victim, Don Lucas, thought she was helping him, but found she was using his debit card to purchase items online, said Nisley. "He essentially reported it, and it snowballed from there."

Adams was arrested Feb. 6, in Madras, and jailed at the NORCOR facility in The Dalles. She remained in jail until Oct. 1, when she pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated first-degree theft, Class B felonies, and was sentenced to two years in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.

As part of the negotiated plea, the district attorney said that numerous counts of identity theft were dismissed. She was also sentenced to three years of post-prison supervision, and must pay restitution totaling nearly $32,000.

The thefts occurred over the past three or four years, and police are still investigating, Nisley said, adding that anyone with additional information should contact the Oregon State Police.

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