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Ex-Minn. Revenue Auditor Charged In $1.9M Theft

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A former Minnesota Revenue Department auditor is accused of stealing nearly $2 million in state funds by creating false tax refunds.

Fifty-eight-year-old Pamela Dellis of Lindstrom is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

Dellis’ sister, 55-year-old Nancy Sondrall of Brooklyn Center, and her niece, 28-year-old Laurie Sondrall of Minneapolis, also are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for their alleged roles.

The three are accused of conspiring over a five-year period to defraud the state of Minnesota by embezzling money through false tax refund checks. Dellis allegedly was responsible for more than 200 fraudulent tax refund payments totaling about $1.9 million.

Attorney Craig Cascarano, who represents the women, says he expects “a favorable resolution” for all three defendants.

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