-- A former Mrs. America beauty queen is possibly facing up to 10 years in prison after allegedly making more than $5,000 worth of fraudulent returns to a Macy’s department store.
Authorities say Jennifer Susan Kline spent thousands of dollars on designer clothes at a Macy’s store in Edina, Minnesota, in November. About a week later, the 1988 Mrs. America went to two different Macy’s locations to return the clothes and collected a $5,500 refund, according to police.
But a Macy’s employee says the 50-year-old mother of two did not return the correct items, according to a police complaint. Macy’s also alleged in the complaint that the clothes that were returned were dirty and showed signs of wear.
Police also searched Kline’s Wayzata, Minnesota, home and said they found 24 items that Kline had supposedly returned.
“The tags were taken off and were placed onto clothes that looked similar, but were not the same name brand,” Sgt. Kevin Rofidal of the Edina Police Department told ABC News. “There was more than just grabbing merchandise and walking out the door.”
Rofidal added, “There was a lot of thought put into this, a lot of effort to conceal it.”
Kline has appeared on a national shopping network and regularly posts photos to social media promoting various products.
She now faces felony charges of theft by swindle. Kline made her first court appearance Tuesday but has not yet entered a plea. Neither Kline nor her attorney responded to ABC News’ request for comment.
Macy’s told ABC News in a statement the department chain is “unable to comment on active police and legal matters.”
Kline's next court appearance is scheduled for May.