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updated: 5/22/2014 6:57 PM

Prospect Heights mother, son accused of TJ Maxx fraud

Authorities say pair scammed TJ Maxx stores with bogus jewelry returns

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  • Courtesy of Palatine Police DepartmentMaria G. Kraszynska and Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar

      Courtesy of Palatine Police DepartmentMaria G. Kraszynska and Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar


A mother and son from Prospect Heights have been charged in connection with what police said was a "fraud scheme" that resulted in a more than $12,000 loss for several TJ Maxx stores in Cook County.

Palatine police arrested Maria G. Kraszynska, 64, and her son Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar, 23, on Tuesday at their home on the 0-100 block of Country Club Drive in Prospect Heights.

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Authorities allege they conducted a "continuing financial crimes enterprise" against TJ Maxx stores in Palatine, Chicago, Hoffman Estates and Mount Prospect between October 2013 and March 2014, according to a news release.

The loss for the stores totaled $12,510.93, police said.

Palatine police began investigating the crime after a fraudulent return caused a loss at the local store totaling $5,582.99, according to the release.

"The apparent goal of the offenders' fraud scheme was to purchase high-end jewelry from various TJ Maxx stores, then return much less expensive inferior and/or non-TJ Maxx merchandise in its place, keeping the original high-end jewelry and the difference in the returned amount," the release said..

The transactions were recorded on store survellience cameras.

Both appeared in bond court on Thursday and, according to the release, Kraszynska was held on $20,000 bond and Krasznski-Morrar was held on $10,000 bond.

The next court date for both is June 11.

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