NEW YORK – A former executive with Tiffany & Co. has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for stealing more than $2 million in jewelry from the inventory of the famous Fifth Avenue jeweler.
Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun (LEHD'-uhr-hahs OH'-kuhn) received the sentence Friday in federal court in New York City. She had pleaded guilty earlier this year.
As vice president of product development, Lederhaas-Okun had authority to check out jewelry from Tiffany to provide to potential manufacturers to determine production costs. Authorities alleged that after she left Tiffany, the company discovered she had checked out 164 items that were never returned.
She admitted she had stashed the jewelry in her home in Darien, Conn.