Couple Charged for Making 135 Fraudulent Returns at American Girl Store

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

This is why we can’t have nice things.

A couple from Farmington, Minn. has been charged with felony theft-by-swindle for making 135 fraudulent returns at an American Girl store at Mall of America, according to Fox News.

Jennifer Jo Cho and Henry Lim Cho took advantage of the store’s return policy by allegedly returning items for full price without a receipt on more than 30 separate occasions. The couple would buy the items online for a cheaper price and then return them to an American Girl store to receive store credit or gift cards, the latter which Jennifer would sell on eBay.

6512365_GJennifer Cho (left), Henry Cho (right). Photo courtesy of Fox News.

The couple did this for over a year, from Oct. 12, 2013 to Nov. 26, 2014, an internal investigation by American Girl loss prevention found. The grand total from their efforts: $5,374.

Additionally, the two are former members of law enforcement–emphasis on former. Jennifer was recently employed at the Department of Commerce, ironically in the fraud division, and Henry is a retired police officer.

On Nov. 26, 2014, Jennifer was arrested by the Bloomington police when she walked into an American Girl store, carrying 11 items that were purchased from the online store Jill’s Steals and Deals. According to the police report, she flashed her Department of Commerce badge at the police and requested multiple times for “professional courtesy.”

Jennifer was fired from her position following the charges.


Featured photo courtesy of American Girl