Dollars for dollies: Couple charged in American Girl scam

All dolled up
Plastic patrons get their hair done at the American Girl salon at the Mall of America.
Nikki Tundel / MPR News file

The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged a Farmington couple in a scheme involving more than $5,300 worth of American Girl dolls.

According to the charges, Jennifer and Henry Cho bought discounted American Girl dolls online and then returned them to the store at the Mall of America for a full price refund or store credit. Both are charged with theft by swindle.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the charges are particularly alarming because the Chos are both former law enforcement officers. Jennifer Cho recently worked as a fraud investigator for the state Department of Commerce and was a Ramsey County sheriff's deputy, and Henry Cho worked as a Rosemount police officer from 2003 to 2013.

"We will prosecute it with all the strength that we have," Freeman said. "And we hope that this will carry some kind of message to these white collar criminals who have purportedly committed bad crimes."

The Chos have not returned calls for comment.

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