A prolific ID thief moves from Airbnb to a prison cell

Alexia Devlin rented homes, then stole the owners’ personal information — even while out on bail.

EVERETT — A woman who targeted more than 100 people in a sophisticated identity-theft scheme was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday.

Alexia Devlin, 37, also was ordered to pay restitution to those people. The initial estimate was more than $79,000, according to Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Teresa Cox.

Devlin found victims using rental companies, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner. She rented properties using someone else’s identity and then rifled through the house to steal the property owners’ personal information.

The cycle continued, even while she was out on bail for related crimes. People in Snohomish and King counties were affected and still are battling the repercussions of identity theft.

Devlin apologized to the people she had swindled.

“I knew what I was doing was wrong,” she said.

Superior Court Judge Michael Downes imposed a prison term that was longer than state guidelines and more lengthy than had been requested by attorneys on both sides of the case.

“This level of sophistication transcends most anything you see in a state court,” Downes said. “This behavior is just in a league of its own.”

Caitlin Tompkins: 425-339-3192; ctompkins@heraldnet.com.

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