MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former auditor with the Minnesota Department of Revenue has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $2 million in state funds by creating false tax returns.

Fifty-eight-year-old Pamela Dellis of Lindstrom pleaded guilty Monday to 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 pleaded guilty to conspiracy for their roles in the scheme.

In their plea agreements, the three admitted that they conspired over a five-year period ending last September to defraud the state of Minnesota by embezzling money through false tax refund checks.

Prosecutors say Dellis was responsible for more than 200 fraudulent tax refund payments totaling about $1.9 million.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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Comments (4)
  1. moi says:

    Does Minnesota not have any auditing of it’s own employees? Shouldn’t a missing 2 mil mean something?

  2. RIII says:

    We need more government employees and another state agency. We can call it the office of the auditors auditor. But then who would audit them? Perhaps if they all were in a union they would be more honest.

  3. Bill Hohn says:

    Are there other employees, former or current, for the Minnesota Revenue Department who have abused, or are abusing their power? Think about it, every year Minnesotans turn in all their financial information, and are at the complete mercy of the employees of this department.

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