Burnsville woman found guilty of extortion

11:21 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A 49-year-old Burnsville woman is facing the possibility of decades in prison after being found guilty of mailing threatening letters and letters meant to extort money.

A federal jury convicted Deborah Mae Carlson of 12 counts of mailing threatening communications. Carlson was originally indicted on November 22, 2011.

Prosecutors told jurors that on eight separate occasions Carlson sent threatening letters to an individual. The letters were mailed on March 1, March 11, April 5, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 3, and May 24, 2010. All contained threats to injure that individual.

They also Carlson sent a threatening letter to a second person.

Additionally, investigators uncovered evidence that Carlson mailed letters to a number of businesses in her first victim's name. Those letters, which demanded money, were sent to the store manager of the Eagan Target store, the manager of the Valley Buick Pontiac GMC dealership in Apple Valley, and the Scott Lake Veterinary Center in Prior Lake on April 17, 2010.

Carlson faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each threat count and a total of 24 years on the three extortion counts. She will be sentenced at a later date.

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