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June 27, 2013St. Joseph, MO |  By: Barnett/AP

St. Joseph ID Fraud

A St. Joseph woman has been sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison without parole in a conspiracy to provide false identifications to thousands of immigrants in the country illegally.

Forty-seven-year-old Deborah J. Floress was sentenced yesterday for her role in a five million dollar conspiracy. Flores pleaded guilty last October to helping the immigrants obtain the documents at the Missouri Department of Revenue license office in St. Joseph. Reports say officials estimate more than 3,500 people obtained fraudulent identity documents through the license office. They were usually charged between $1,500 and $1,600 for the documents. So far, five people have been sentenced 11 others are awaiting sentencing.