An wide ranging identity theft ring comprising four women has been busted and all sentenced to prison terms.
The ring targeted retired state employees and was made possible by Roxanne Deflorin who used her position working for the Minnesota state Government where she had access to social security numbers, dates of birth and driver’s license numbers to steal more the 500 identities which the three other women used in various scams.
• Shauntell Burg, 32, of St. Paul, pled guilty in October 2013 to one count of Identity Theft. She received a 7.3 years sentence on March 6 and was ordered to pay $149,000 in restitution.
• Kristin Warren, 40, of St. Paul, pled guilty in November 2013 to one count of Identity Theft. She was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison on Jan. 28.
• Andrea Gunderson, 30, pled guilty in October 2013 to one count of Identity Theft. She was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison on Dec. 11, 2013.
• Roxanne Deflorin, 50, of St. Paul was the last sentenced in Ramsey County District Court. She received 4 1/2 years in prison for her role in the 2013 theft and possession of hundreds of individual identities
All were required to pay back substantial sums of money to the victims.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said:
“This case was made possible due to the hard work of law enforcement, in particular the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, Minnesota Financial Crimes Taskforce and the financial fraud unit in my office,”
“The defendants caused havoc and significant concern for the personal identities of hundreds of hard-working employees and retirees.”
“As incidents of financial fraud become more pervasive in our community, it is our identities that are needed to perpetuate many of these fraudulent schemes,”
“In partnership with law enforcement, my office has placed a new emphasis around identity theft. In fact, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has tripled the number identity theft cases charged annually since 2011.”