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Grafton, N.D., woman's alleged credit fraud creates $42,000 bill for boyfriend

A Grafton, N.D., woman is accused of running up a $42,000 bill on her boyfriend's credit cards and other cards she got using his personal information.

A Grafton, N.D., woman is accused of running up a $42,000 bill on her boyfriend's credit cards and other cards she got using his personal information.

According to a criminal complaint, Angie Gunderson made more than $15,124 in purchases on her boyfriend's Discover and Sam's Club cards. She spent another $27,232 using credit card accounts she opened with his information, the complaint states. The alleged crimes occurred between March 2006 and March 2010.

Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan said Gunderson's boyfriend, Mark Burns, filed a complaint with Grafton police which led to an investigation. Whelan would not say what Gunderson bought, but said she seems to have a "shopping problem." Whelan said she will ask a judge to require Gunderson to pay the debt.

Gunderson is charged with two counts of felony theft and four counts of unauthorized used of personal identifying information. If convicted on all charges, she faces a maximum of 55 years in prison.

Gunderson, who is being held at the Walsh County jail, is expected to have a bond hearing today or Friday, Whelan said.

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Whelan said Burns, 46, and Gunderson, 33, gave authorities the same address in Grafton. Burns declined to comment on the case but said Gunderson has hired an attorney, though he did not know the attorney's name. Court officials were not aware if Gunderson had a lawyer.

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