A former Mrs. America was convicted Tuesday of stealing $5,500 from Macy’s by switching the price tags on clothes she returned.
The Pioneer Press reported that Mrs. Minnesota, Jennifer Kline, used a credit card to purchase $5,800 in clothes at a Minnesota Macy’s in November 2015. Attaching the tags to clothing she already owned, she “returned” them to a different Macy’s store and received a $5,501 refund to her card.
A store investigator noticed something suspicious and contacted police.
“Several of the clothing items returned to Macy’s were dirty and showed signs of wear,” an investigator detailed in the criminal complaint.
Kline, 51, admitted to police that she had an ample supply of plastic tag holders and the equipment to attach the tags to clothing. Despite her confession, her attorney argued that it was partially Macy’s fault for having such an easy return policy, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
However, Edina Police Department Sergeant Kevin Rofidal maintained that Kline orchestrated a sophisticated scam.
“There was more than just grabbing merchandise and walking out the door,” Sergeant Rofidal told ABC
“There was a lot of thought put into this, a lot of effort to conceal it.”
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told KARE that it took a jury less than three hours to find Kline guilty of felony theft by swindle following a weeklong trial. The Star Tribune reported that the jury determined she stole more than $1,000 but less than $5,000.
In addition to being crowned Mrs. America in 1989, Kline previously hosted ShopNBC, a nationally syndicated shopping network.
The ex-pageant queen faces five years in prison when she’s sentenced on October 18.
[Featured Image: Handout/Edina Police Department]