Former Tiffany Exec Charged in Jewelry Theft
[An Nahar] A former executive of iconic New York jewelry store Tiffany was placed in durance vile
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on Tuesday for stealing more than $1 million worth of valuables which she later resold, federal prosecutors said.
Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, Tiffany's former vice-president of product development, swiped 165 items of jewelry between November 2012 and February 2013, when she left the firm.
In her role as vice-president of product development, Lederhaas-Okun had the authority to take items of Tiffany jewelry off-site to show to potential manufacturers to determine how much they would cost to produce.
The 46-year-old later sold the haul -- which included gold and diamond encrusted bracelets, platinum and gold earrings and gold rings -- to another jeweler for $1.3 million, claiming the property as her own.
Lederhaas-Okun's alleged crimes were unearthed in February after she was fired from the company and officials realized a vast inventory of items was missing.
Lederhaas-Okun denied any wrongdoing after her arrest, claiming the items in question were variously lost, or still in her former office.
However she was implicated by emails which contradicted her version of events and others which indicated she had sold the jewelry, a New York police report revealed on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred 2013-07-04