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Former Mrs. America Convicted of Felony Theft

Former Mrs. America Jennifer Kline

Former Mrs America Jennifer Susan Kline has been convicted of felony theft for switching the tags on clothing in Macy’s.

Former Mrs America Jennifer Kline

A former Mrs America was convicted of felony theft for switching price tags on clothes at a Macy’s department store in Southdale, Minnesota. A jury found Jennifer Susan Kline guilty of a single felony count of theft by swindle Tuesday evening after a seven-day trial. The jury determined that the amount of the theft was more than $1,000 but less than $5,000.

Kline’s attorney argued to the jury that his client made a dumb mistake but that it was Macy’s fault for having such an easy return policy. What! Well at least her attorney tried! I mean that is a horrible excuse or defense of the crime, but you have to give the attorney credit for trying. Kline, who was crowned Mrs. America in 1989, could face up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced on Oct. 18.

On Nov. 5, 2015, the 51-year-old Wayzata native purchased $2,884 worth of designer clothing from Southdale Macy’s. The following day, she purchased $2,907 worth of merchandise at the same Macy’s. Then on Nov. 11 and Nov. 30, Kline allegedly removed the tags from the items and attached them to clothing she already owned before she returned multiple pieces of clothing to Macy’s Mall of America store and was refunded $5,501.

A Macy’s detective was told about the returns, and upon examining the clothes he discovered that “the tags and labels had been switched on all of the clothing items returned,” according to a criminal complaint filed in April 2016.

The complaint also stated that “several of the clothing items returned to Macy’s was dirty and showed signs of wear. Due to the label switching, it is not possible to identify the original brand of the item or the store from which the item was originally purchased.”

This is a really sad story but very indicative of just how bad it can be for people out here and that just because you have the world at your feet, it doesn’t mean it will always be that way. Read the full article here.

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