COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in a large-scale identity theft case in southern Colorado.
Source: MGN Online
Heather Deview, 34, was sentenced on Thursday. Deview was convicted of identity theft along with attempt to influence a public servant among other charges.
Also tied to the identity theft case, 26-year-old Kalie Watson and 35-year-old James McHenry. The Colorado Springs Police Department said they discovered an identity theft laboratory with more than 100 victims in the 300 block of N. Murray Boulevard. Police announced the discovery of the lab in early December of 2016.
Deview spoke to 11 News back in May. She said her attorney gave her thousands of pages of evidence with the victims' Social Security numbers on them.
The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office tells 11 News it's their responsibility to redact the documents, and at that time they were investigating what happened.
Initially, Deview wasn't sure if this was protocol or not, but usually sensitive information like victims' Social Security numbers are redacted.
She told 11 News she brought it up to her attorney, who brushed it off, so she tried to contact the district attorney's office but did not hear back, so she turned to 11 News.
She did not want to discuss the details of her case, because at the time it was still active but said the victims have a right to know.
"I'm not a monster; someone needs to tell the victims this is happening," Deview said.
Deview showed 11 News the evidence in her case, which she says her public defender gave her electronically.
"My discovery is 2,000-something pages," explained Deview. "That's not a slip in the cracks, that's a canyon. I don't think anyone could've dropped the ball that big."
Deview was convicted for felony charges of identity theft after speaking to 11 News.
She said there was one page that was redacted, but it was her own information. Her Social Security number and birthday were blacked out.
"I was really upset too because my minor children's names were in there and they weren't redacted, and that's supposed to be done. It's supposed to be birthday and social at the minimum blacked out. This is an identity theft case," Deview said.
11 News wanted to know why she came forward.
"So this is the only way the victims were ever going to find out," Deview said. That's important because they need to protect themselves."
She says she is afraid coming forward at it could affect her case, but explains it's the right thing to do.
"Justice is more important than retaliation," stated Deview. "Maybe they'll go harsher on my sentence if I am found guilty but I know I'm doing the right thing."
The district attorney's office provided the following statement:
"It is the responsibility of this office to redact documents prior to them being released to defense counsel and we strive to redact each document properly.
We are currently in the process of investigating this situation so that we may understand what happened and prevent it from happening again."
That statement was provided to 11 News back in May of 2017.