Former state worker convicted in ID theft case

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A jury has convicted a former state worker of identity theft, after prosecutors made a case that she had stolen employee data to trade for methamphetamine, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Ramsey County jury on Wednesday found Roxanne K. DeFlorin, 50, guilty, despite her argument that three co-defendants were the guilty ones, and that two of them had testified against her to get a better deal from prosecutors. One of her conspirators had testified that DeFlorin traded employee data for drugs.

"I'm guilty of doing meth; I'm guilty of taking work home; I'm guilty of not searching my closet well enough," DeFlorin had told the jury earlier this week. "That's all I'm guilty of."

DeFlorin was acquitted on two gun charges. Police during a search of her St. Paul home in 2012 had found two short-barrel shotguns, one loaded, along with the lists of stolen identities. She had argued she didn't know how the guns got into an upstairs closet.

DeFlorin had worked for the state for 10 years, until 2004. Prosecutors had argued that she stole Social Security numbers from a Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota database, as well as data from the Department of Labor and Industry, where she worked.

DeFlorin represented herself in the case and showed no emotion after the verdict was read, and she asked a judge about how to file an appeal, the Pioneer Press reports. Her sentencing is set for March 14; she faces a minimum of three years and five months in prison, the newspaper reports.

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