3 Jul 2013 09:25 AM EST
-by Vania Andre, Staff Writer; Image: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun (Image Source: LinkedIn)
A former Tiffany & Company executive was arrested at her Darien, Conn. home Tuesday morning after she was found selling stolen jewelry from the store.
Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, took jewelry from Tiffany’s and wrote them off the company’s inventory books.
Lederhaas-Okun is charged with “wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property,” prosecutors said.
Lederhaas-Okun and her husband received $1.3 million by a Manhattan buyer over the course of two years before it was found that she was selling stolen merchandise.
“Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun went from a vice president at a high-end jewelry company to jewel thief,” said Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.
Lederhaas-Okun lost her job in February because of company downsizing. After she left, an audit was conducted that revealed since November 2012 Lederhaas-Okun checked out about $1.2 million worth of jewelry.
More than 200 items of jewelry were sold to the resellers that match descriptions of missing merchandise from Tiffany’s.
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