Former Mrs. America is accused of making fake returns to Macy's that cost the department store more than $5,000.
Jennifer Susan Kline, 50, of Wayzata, who was crowned Mrs. America in 1989 and had been a host on ShopNBC/EVINE Live, was charged with theft by swindle following the incidents last fall, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.
Kline purchased $2,884 worth of designer clothes from the Macy's store at Southdale in Edina on Nov. 5,2015, and the next day returned to the same store and bought another $2,906 worth of clothing.
Then on Nov. 11 and Nov. 30, Kline returned numerous clothing items to the Macy's at Mall of America and was refunded $5,501.
A Macy's asset protection detective examined the clothes and discovered the tags and labels had been switched from the new clothes Kline bought and attached to different clothes, which she returned. The clothes were dirty or showed other signs of being worn.
Because the labels were switched, officials couldn't identify the original brand or where the clothes were purchased, but Macy's doesn't believe the clothes came from its stores.
The Macy's detective told Edina police about the clothing in early December, and the police department searched Kline's home. Investigators found 24 clothing items that were purchased in November and supposedly returned later that month.
If convicted of the felony, Kline could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Kline made her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, with her next court date set for May 9, WCCO reports.