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Wedding event thief to be sentenced to 7 years in prison

SAN DIEGO - A woman who stole from brides, bridesmaids, and others at four recent weddings in San Diego County (including the Fallbrook area) is scheduled to be sentenced today, Thurs., March 24, to seven years behind bars.

Denise Gunderson, 50, plead guilty to two counts of grand theft and identity theft. She had faced 19 years in state prison if convicted of the 25 charges leveled against her.

Prosecutors said Gunderson went into unsecured rooms at wedding venues and stole the wallets of those taking part in the ceremonies. The San Diego Sheriff's Department said she was arrested Dec. 6 after she allegedly stole a wallet at a Las Vegas church.

Between July and October, women getting married in San Diego and Riverside counties reported that their wallets had been stolen during their nuptials.

Surveillance video captured images of Gunderson at several of the weddings, and also show her later using the victims' credit cards at stores, racking up thousands of dollars in illicit charges, sheriff's Detective Lisa Jenkins said.

Prosecutors said Gunderson has been to prison seven times before. She admitted to three prison priors as part of her plea agreement.


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