Former Tiffany Executive Charged with Theft

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but how far would you go to get them? One woman went as far as stealing from her own company to get her hands on those sparkling jewels.

A past Tiffany & Co. executive, Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, resold diamonds and various pieces of jewelry for over $1.3 million after stealing them from the Manhattan headquarters.

She was arrested in Connecticut on Tuesday after being charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and wire fraud. The 45-year-old was released on $250,000 bond in Manhattan.

Lederhaas-Okun was vice president of product development, where she had to look over the jewelry from manufacturers and figure out costs. Authorities say she took 164 items that were never given back.

According to NBC News, the bank records showed that she wrote 75 checks for prices up to $47,400 and forms that claim the items were her own property.

If Lederhaas-Okun is found guilty, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

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