Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tiffany Executive Steals Jewlery

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun

Have you heard about Tiffany and Company’s executive Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun who was vice president of product development who supposedly stole pieces from Tiffany and Company over a two year period? Apparently she was allowed to check out pieces to send to manufacturers but instead she put them in her pocket with the excuse that they were either damaged or lost. Her total haul amounted to approximately $1.3 million in bling.


This begs the question; does Tiffany and Company pay their executives poorly? I can understand the attraction of beautiful jewelry pieces but I have never thought thievery was an option. What makes this story even more interesting is that Lederhaas-Okun worked for Tiffany and Company for twenty years. This is a long time working for one company and for obvious reasons she is no longer with them.


Who wouldn't want one of these Tiffany bracelets?
Maybe Lederhaas-Okun worked for Tiffany for so long that she developed an attitude that allowed this type of behavior. No one ever questioned her motives when she checked out a piece since it was her job. She became familiar with this and eventually it didn’t seem like such a big deal to put a piece in her pocket. Admit it, how many of us have walked away from work with a pen and didn’t think twice? Lederhaas-Okun just had more expensive pens.


I know this is all dime store psychology but it does make one think. How far will someone go before they either realize they are stealing or before it becomes a problem? Is it like the accountant who borrows a little money from a client to pay a bill and then before you know it they are living a larger lifestyle by syphoning off a few hundred from each client, basically cooking the books. The world may never know.
Yes it's pretty but worth losing your job over, I think not!

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