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Former Mrs. America convicted of stealing $5,500 from Macy’s in Minnesota

Jennifer Susan Kline, a former Mrs. America and home shopping network host, appeared Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Hennepin County court on a charge that she swindled Macy’s in Edina of more than $5,000.1 / 2
Jennifer Susan Kline (Photo courtesy of Edina Police Department)2 / 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- A former Mrs. America was convicted Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court of stealing $5,500 from Macy’s by switching the price tags on clothes she returned.

A jury found Jennifer Kline, 51, of Wayzata, guilty of one count of theft by swindle after a seven-day trial. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 18.

In November 2015, Kline spent nearly $5,800 on clothing at the Southdale Macy’s in Edina, paying for her purchases with a credit card, according to the criminal complaint.

Kline removed the tags from the items and attached them to clothing she already owned, before “returning” the items to the Macy’s in the Mall of America and receiving a $5,501 refund on her credit card, the charges said.

A store detective uncovered the scheme and reported it to Edina police.

“Several of the clothing items returned to Macy’s were dirty and showed signs of wear,” an investigator wrote in the criminal complaint.

Crowned Mrs. America in 1989, Kline went on to sell beauty products for the Eden Prairie-based ShopNBC network, which has since been rebranded as Evine.