Retired cop, fraud officer accused of $5K Mall of America doll scam


A retired police officer and his wife – and agent with Minnesota's fraud office – have been charged with scamming a doll store at the Mall of America out of over $5,000.

Henry, 34, and Jennifer Cho, 37, of Farmington, are accused of buying American Girl goods from an online discount site, and then returning them to the brand's store at the megamall for full price, reaping $5,374 in the process, WCCO reports.

The couple were charged with theft-by-swindle by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office Thursday, which accuses them of returning 135 items without a receipt to the store between October 12, 2013, and November 26, 2014.

KSTP reports that Henry Cho is a retired Rosemount police officer while Jennifer Cho worked at the Minnesota Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau.

A police complaint says she repeated this fact to Bloomington Police when she was arrested, before asking for "professional courtesy" on several occasions, the news station notes.

According to the Pioneer Press, Jennifer Cho had previously spent time working as a sergeant in the Dakota County Sheriff Office's detention services division, before she moved to become a "special agent" at the fraud office – a role she held for only three weeks before her arrest.

Cho meanwhile was featured in the newspaper in 2008 for research that led to former Rosemount police officer John Francis McDermott – gunned down in 1923 – being dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

American Girl dolls retail from around $100 and can cost as much as $150 with accessories.

“This may not be as serious as some of the crimes the county attorney’s office has, but it’s also by people who should know better,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said, according to KSTP.

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