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CROWN POINT — A Gary man accused gaining the trust of four women in alleged "sweetheart" scams and then coercing them to give him money and buy him items may have had a change of heart Tuesday about taking a plea agreement.

Lenard A. Adams, 33, told Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell he wanted to hire a private attorney to represent him and asked to be placed on a GPS monitor.

Police have accused Adams, who used the aliases Christopher West, Sean West and Sean Christopher West, of gaining at least four women's trust before swindling them out of money, kidnapping them and threatening to hurt them, according to court records.

Boswell previously agreed in May 2018 to release Adams from the Lake County Jail to live under house arrest with his mother in Gary. 

On Tuesday, the judge asked Adams if he has a job.

Public defender Linda Kollintzas said Adams has worked in the past as a professional poker player but has not been employed while under house arrest.

Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Judith Massa strongly objected to Adams being placed on a GPS monitor.

"I believe he's absolutely a flight risk, because of what he does for a living," Massa said.

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Massa said she and Kollintzas had been working on a possible plea agreement for two years and Adams owes about $14,000 in restitution. That money could be better spent if he did not withdraw from plea negotiations at the last minute, she said.

Kollintzas asked Boswell to set a hearing within a week.

"I think my client may be having a change of heart," she said.

Kollintzas said the proposed plea agreement is complicated, and she wanted more time to review it with Adams.

Boswell set Adams' next hearing for May 21. Adams must remain under house arrest.

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