St. Paul woman who led ID theft ring gets 4.5 years

A former state Department of Labor and Industry worker was sentenced Friday to 4 1/2 years in prison for her role in a broad identity-theft ring.

Roxanne Kay DeFlorin was the last of four defendants sentenced in Ramsey County District Court in the scheme, which included DeFlorin’s theft of identities from her job.

Judge Patrick Diamond ordered her to pay restitution of more than $300,000.

DeFlorin, 50, of St. Paul was convicted Jan. 22 of identity theft after she represented herself at trial. A jury acquitted her of two counts of possessing a short-barreled shotgun.

Ramsey County prosecutor John Ristad told jurors at trial that DeFlorin was the center of an operation that involved three other women and hundreds of stolen identities. DeFlorin obtained names and Social Security numbers from a Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota database and a list from the Department of Labor and Industry.

Co-defendants Kristin Renee Warren, 40, and Andrea Leigh Gunderson, 30, were sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. Shauntell Rose Burg, 32, was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison.

The crimes occurred in the summer of 2012.

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