Lindstrom Woman Pleads Guilty To $1.9 Million In Theft
A former Minnesota Department of Revenue auditor plead guilty to felony charges after an internal investigation revealed an embezzlement of $1.9 million in state funds.
Court Documents confirm that Pamela Dellis(58) of Lindstrom, entered a plea of guilty on Tuesday, March 8 in federal court in Minneapolis to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of money laundering.
The Isanti-Chisago County Star reports that as an auditor, Dellis had access to the agency’s legacy tax system, a complex patchwork of applications that has since been decommissioned. The paper says her criminal activities were discovered during a routine system inquiry by another employee.
“This was a serious breach of the public trust placed in our department and its employees,” Assistant Commissioner Terri Steenblock told the Star. “This type of behavior is completely unacceptable— violating not only the law, but our mission of serving Minnesota taxpayers.”
The investigation found that, between January 2005 and September 2010, Dellis embezzled the funds through the creation of false tax refund checks.
Apparently, she falsified records to create the impression that a taxpayer was owed a refund, and then drafted a check or “transfer of funds” in the false amount, made payable to close relatives.