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Longtime ‘Outlaw’ Lee, 83, dies

A Fort Wayne businessman known mostly for his infamous escapades and association with a notorious motorcycle gang died Saturday.

Jack Lee, 83, died at Parkview Regional Medical Center, almost nine years after his latest scrape with the law. In that case, Lee was acquitted of all charges stemming from his involvement with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club at 1202 W. Main St.

Lee was the owner of Jack Lee & Associates Inc., a bail-bond business in downtown Fort Wayne before his license was revoked in 1990 when he was found guilty on four felony counts of racketeering and promoting prostitution.

Lee owned the Tender Touch massage parlor at 3129 S. Calhoun St. and was convicted of using the parlor as a front for a prostitution operation.

He served five years in prison and was released in 1995. In the meantime, his bail bond business was turned over to family members.

In his 70s, Lee became known as “Dr. Lee” in the Outlaws motorcycle club. He was one of 14 members arrested in April 2003 and charged with racketeering. The men – from Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Ohio and Kentucky – were said to be running a violent enterprise that distributed drugs throughout the Midwest in the 1990s.

Lee was one of two who were cleared of all charges.

During the trial, Lee was accused of running lie detector tests to find out if any Outlaw members were working as government agents. He maintained that what he did was no different than what he did “for police or anyone else.”

In July, 42 people connected to the motorcycle gang were arrested at locations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne on charges including drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering, witness tampering and illegal gambling.

vsade@jg.net

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