Former Mrs. America Charged with Making More than $5,000 in Fraudulent Macy's Returns

Former Mrs. America Jennifer Susan Kline Charged with Theft
Jennifer Susan Kline

04/14/2016 AT 10:30 AM EDT

A former Mrs. America and home shopping network host has been charged with theft by swindle in a scam that cost Macy's more than $5,000, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in Minnesota.

According to the criminal complaint, Jennifer Susan Kline, 50, purchased $2,884 worth of designer clothing from Southdale Macy's on Nov. 5, 2015. The next day, she purchased $2,907 worth of merchandise at the same Macy's.

On Nov. 11 and Nov. 30, Kline allegedly 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 the complaint.

Kline, who was crowned Mrs. America in 1989 and had been a host on ShopNBC/EVINE Live, allegedly removed labels from the new clothes and placed them on other clothing items.

The complaint also stated that "several of the clothing items returned to Macy’s were 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."

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The Edina Police issued a search warrant and recovered approximately 24 items of clothing purchased on Nov. 5 and 6 from Kline's home that had allegedly been returned on Nov. 11 and 30, according to the complaint.

Macy's sustained a total loss on the items, according to the complaint.

Kline first appeared in court on Tuesday, and her next appearance is scheduled for May 9. She is not currently in custody.

While she is charged with a felony, she is more likely facing probation, according to a spokesperson from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Information about her attorney was not available.
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