A St. Paul woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling fake insurance cards while working at the city's Department of Safety and Inspections.

Natasha Howard, 36, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to one count of aggravated forgery of a document. As part of her plea, another identical count will be dismissed.

Howard's sentence will be toward the low end of sentencing guidelines, and she could get a stay of imposition on her time. She could also be eligible to serve her sentence through community service.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 27.

Howard began working for St. Paul's DSI in 2001. When she was charged with the crimes in May, she was on leave from her job as a customer service specialist. Her employment status Tuesday was unclear.

According to the complaint filed against Howard: Co-workers grew suspicious of Howard's activity, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau conducted a sting. An undercover agent purchased a false insurance card from Howard for $60 at her workplace in April.