TIFFANY’S VICE PRESIDENT INGRID LEDERHAAS-OKUN ACCUSED FOR STEALING $1 MILLION WORTH OF JEWELLERY FROM MANHATTAN FLAGSHIP STORE, FACES UP TO 30 YEARS IN JAIL IF FOUND GUILTY

Bust at Tiffany: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, was arrested on theft charges today

Tiffany vice-president facing 30 years in jail after she is accused of stealing $1m in diamond jewellery from New York store

  • Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, was arrested at home in Darien, Connecticut
  • Former executive, who lost her job in February, faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty

By Louise Boyle

PUBLISHED: 12:44 EST, 2 July 2013 |

Bust at Tiffany: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, was arrested on theft charges today Bust at Tiffany: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, was arrested on theft charges today

A former Tiffany vice-president was seized by FBI agents at her home today after allegedly stealing more than $1million jewellery from the luxury store. 

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, was head of merchandise and product development for the New York brand whose luxury flagship store sits on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Lederhaas-Okun is accused of stealing more than 165 pieces including diamond bracelets, rings and pendants.

She faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty. 

Lederhaas-Okun was arrested at her home in the upmarket community of Darien, Connecticut early on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old has been charged with wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property.

According to the New York Post, it is believed that the female executive sneaked the diamonds out of Tiffany to sell on at a Midtown jewellery company.

She used a series of excuses to cover-up the thousands of dollars of missing trinkets which was uncovered when an inventory was taken in February.

According to Lederhaas-Okun’s LinkedIn profile, she attended Georgetown University in D.C.

She was a vice-president at Tiffany until March this year when she was let go as part of ‘downsizing’ after 22 years with the company. 

 
Manhattan icon: Shoppers walk past the 5th Avenue flagship store of TiffanyManhattan icon: Shoppers walk past the 5th Avenue flagship store of Tiffany 

Diamonds are forever: A former VP at Tiffany has been accused of stealing $1million in bracelets and rings which were found missing when an inventory was taken (stock image)Diamonds are forever: A former VP at Tiffany has been accused of stealing $1million in bracelets and rings which were found missing when an inventory was taken (stock image)

She described her role as ‘responsible for all aspects of $150M designer business’ at the high-end jewellery brand.

 A Tiffany spokesman told MailOnline: ‘In deference to the U.S. Attorney’s investigation, we are not in a position to comment at this time.’

 Her husband Robert Okun is a hedge fund manager and a former executive director of UBS financial services. Calls to the Okun home were not answered today.

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun is due in court to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Lavish lifestyle: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun (far right) pictured with New York society figures at a Manhattan gala dinner

Lavish lifestyle: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun (far right) pictured with New York society figures at a Manhattan gala dinner

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