Ex-Nordstrom worker arrested in $143K scam case at Mall of America


Two people were arrested over an apparent "inside job" credit card scam that defrauded a Mall of America store out of more than $143,000.

Bloomington Police arrested a former Nordstrom worker, a 29-year-old man from Savage, for theft by swindle. According to search warrant documents, authorities say he's suspected of opening a Nordstrom card in the name of a Minneapolis woman, and using it to push through transactions totaling $143,634.31, FOX 9 reports.

The worker handed in his notice on July 20 last year, and between then and his last day on Aug. 2 the woman allegedly bought numerous expensive items, despite the limit on the card being $1,000.

The clerk purportedly used invalid authorization codes to ensure they went through, the news station said.

The Star Tribune reports a $26,000 piece of jewelry was also among the items purchased.

The Sun Current reports the woman was arrested in October and her house was searched. The clerk's house was searched subsequently and merchandise was found linking him to the woman's purchases.

Neither of the two have been charged yet.

The Star Tribune paper says part of the motivation for the clerk's involvement was commission payments.

Nordstrom has been paying commission averaging 6.75 percent on sales, the newspaper notes, which is said to have resulted in payments to the former clerk of more than $10,000.

It's the second significant scam at the Mall of American to be revealed in recent months.

In January, a retired police officer and his wife – an agent with Minnesota' fraud office – were charged over a scam at the American Girls store, that saw them make more than $5,000 by getting in-store refunds on dolls they had bought for a discount price online.

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