Nordstrom MOA employee allegedly used credit card to defraud store of $144,000

A former sales associate at the Mall of America Nordstrom store allegedly used a store credit card to defraud the company of $143,634.21.

Last July 20, Kyle Geiken allegedly opened a Nordstrom Retail credit card account in the name of Amber Toste at the MOA store he worked at, according to a search warrant application in Hennepin County. 

The next day, Geiken put in his notice.

But between July 20 and August 2, 12 transactions occurred totaling $143,634.21 -- all charged to Toste's account, and all forced through using invalid authorization codes.

"All of the transactions were processed by Kyle Geiken, the same employee that opened the account," the document says. "The items purchased were high dollar clothing, shoes and handbag brands such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel."

By late August, Nordstrom credit fraud investigators were looking into the Toste account. But charges to it ceased on August 2 -- Geiken's last day working at Nordstrom.

Between July 20 and August 2, Geiken received $12,675.53 in commission, most of it from purchases made by Toste.

"Geiken is viewed on Nordstrom store surveillance acting as the sales associate for Amber Toste as she made all of the purchases," the document says.

Items purchased using the card were later found at Toste's husband's residence.

Neither Geiken or Toste have yet been charged with crimes in connection with the fraud. Toste's attorney insists his client is innocent.

Toste owns the Houndstooth boutique in Savage.


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