Updated: 09/06/2013 6:45 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Forty-nine-year-old Roxanne Deflorin is a former employee with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
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Four people have been charged with stealing the identities of hundreds of people, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Thirty-two-year-old Shauntell Burg of St. Paul, 49-year-old Roxanne Deflorin of St. Paul, 40-year-old Kristin Warren of St. Paul, and 30-year-old Andrea Gunderson – who has no current address – have all been charged.
On April 12, 2012, the vehicle Gunderson and Burg were in was stopped, and they were both arrested on outstanding warrants, police say. During a search, police say they found stolen mail, credit card numbers, business checks and temporary driver’s licenses. Investigators say several purchases had been made with the stolen credit cards and identities.
Two months later, Warren was accused of trying to pass a forged check, and her home was searched by Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies during an investigation. Authorities say they found the personal information of 200 different people during the search, including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, checks, credit reports and birthdays. They also say they found a printout with the names and Social Security numbers of 155 members of the Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota. A USB drive also had credit reports of six additional victims, according to the criminal complaint.
On Aug. 17, 2012, agents searched Deflorin’s home in St. Paul and say they found the personal information of 355 people and a list of PERA members similar to the one found in Warren’s home. The list at Deflorin’s home had the names of 269 PERA members.
Police also say Deflorin is a former employee with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and that she accessed eight workers’ compensation claims on her work computer.
The four defendants are all scheduled to appear in court.
Anyone impacted by the crimes can get help from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Division by visiting www.idtheftcase.org, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 651-266-2748.
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