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 |
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.
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.’
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