Theft By Swindle
A Farmington couple face felony theft by swindle charges after buying discounted American Girl merchandise from an online retailer, then fraudulently returning the items at the Mall of American for a full refund. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says Jennifer Jo Cho, 37, and Henry Lim Cho, 34, returned over 134 items without a receipt to the American Girl store at the Mall of America – reaping $5,374 in the process.
A 41-year-old Rosemount homeowner is accused of swindling payments and security deposits from renters after telling them the room he was renting in his home was no longer available, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.
A 49-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman is accused of swindling money from her employer to support a gambling addiction, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.
A former treasurer of the Minnesota State Fire Department Association is accused of taking money from the department over a span of four years, according to charges filed by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.
A Coon Rapids woman has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from her company since October of 2012. Tara Jo Luby, 41, is facing one count of theft by swindle for an amount over $35,000.
A former Eagan coach was cleared of six felony counts of theft by swindle in a Dakota County court Friday. Kurt Bruce Virgin, 61, was accused in May 2012 of swindling Independent School District 196 of almost $30,000, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office. All six counts were dismissed on Friday. Virgin had worked during the summers as a coach at two basketball camps and one soccer camp.
A Crystal man was charged Friday with one felony count of aggravated theft by swindle after stealing nearly $128,000 for several people in a car refurbishing scheme first investigated by WCCO in 2011. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 24-year-old Zachary Maxwell Moore stole $127,839 from 33 people over two years, several of whom originally paid his company, Civics Reborn, to refurbish old Honda Civics. Defendants claim that Moore was initially attentive with customers until after they paid for the car and refurbishments in full, then he became almost impossible to contact. He also moved his company’s location six times, failing to pay full rent to each landlord before relocating.
A 61-year-old Ham Lake man is accused of swindling money out of an elderly woman from St. Paul, according to charges filed by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Investigators are calling Kent Meyer the “Sweetheart Swindler.”
A 59-year-old Plymouth man who had a business partnership with an auto sales company is accused of swindling more than $100,000 from that company, according to charged filed Friday in Anoka County Court.
A Champlin woman pleaded guilty Friday to the charge of theft by swindle over $35,000 after being accused of taking money from a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) fund. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 31-year-old Melissa O’Brien was the treasurer of Oxbow Elementary School’s PTO from September to December of 2012. In these months, O’Brien stole more than $50,000 by withdrawing cash, writing checks to herself and family members and setting up direct payments to her creditors.
A woman who kept the books at an Apple Valley car wash is accused of swindling $350,000. Forty-six-year-old Connie Rogers is charged in Dakota County with nine counts of felony theft by swindle.
A 31-year-old Farmington woman was charged Friday in connection with the loss of $95,000 from the Lakeville bank where she had worked.
Police say a Minnesota man posed as a rock star — British accent and all — to get as much as $100,000 in medical treatment.
A 41-year-old Owatonna man has been sentenced to 240 days in jail and 10 years’ probation for stealing liquor and selling it for cash while working for a liquor distributor, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A 55-year-old Minneapolis man, a former food services director for Open Arms of Minnesota, pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling about $155,000.