500 pounds. That's how much gold the Queens County (New York) District Attorney says a jewelry store employee stole from her employer, little by little.
Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown alleges that a woman stole millions of dollars in gold and jewelry from her employer Jacmel Jewelry in Long Island City , piece by piece over a six-year period.
The woman worked at the store as a vault manager, a position she held for 18 years. She worked for the store for a total of 28 years.
The woman is accused of taking gold and jewelry beginning in 2004 by concealing it in the lining of her pocketbook, into which she had cut a slit.
Brown alleges that after the store began an investigation into missing inventory, the employee arrived at Jacmel's offices wheeling a suitcase containing 66 pounds of fine gold (estimated value: $868,000). When a search was conducted at her residence, an additional 447.8 pounds of gold was recovered, Brown says.
The woman faces charges of first-degree grand larceny and first-degree criminal possession of stolen property. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison.
Source: Queens County DA