A former Mrs. America was convicted of felony theft after swapping price tags on clothes at a Macy’s department store.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 51-year-old Jennifer Susan Kline was found guilty of a felony count of theft by swindle on Tuesday evening. She now faces up to five years in prison.
Kline’s attorney said Kline made a dumb mistake. Though, he pointed the finger at Macy’s for having an easy return policy, People reports.
In 2015, Kline purchased nearly $5,000 worth of clothing at the store over a period of two days. Then, she removed the tags of her new purchases and attached them to clothing she already owned before returning them and trying to pass them off as new designer clothing from Macy’s. She was then refunded $5,501.
Kline was crowned Mrs. America in 1989.
“This little scheme of Ms. Kline’s was wrong and it was clearly driven by greed. The jurors were not fooled by attempts to blame Macy’s and their liberal return policy for her criminal conduct,” Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman said on Tuesday.
[Image: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office]