What to Know
- Juliet Germanotta, who lives in Wisconsin, says she is running in the Democratic primary against incumbent U.S. Rep Ron Kind
- The 36-year-old political hopeful allegedly bought a ring online from the Diamond District in Manhattan, then returned a fake one for refund
- Germanotta told the New York Post Thursday she acknowledges sending back a fake ring
A Wisconsin woman in the running to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind has been charged with scamming a jewelry store in New York City.
Thirty-six-year-old Juliet Germanotta was charged with grand larceny Wednesday. Investigators say Germanotta bought a ring online from the city's Diamond District worth $4,800 — then returned a fake ring for a full refund from the jeweler.
Germanotta told the New York Post Thursday she acknowledges sending back a fake ring, blaming the decision on personal issues clouding her judgment. She contends the charges are a misunderstanding.
She is due back in court April 2.
Germanotta, who lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin, says she is running in the Democratic primary against the incumbent Kind.