Monday, March 16, 2009

Well, that's one way to get more shoes....

[Not the closet in question. This be Mariah's shrine de shoes}

A 51-year old San Diego woman is accused of embezzling more than $9.9 million over 7 years from her employer to fund her personal lifestyle and gambling habit.

"The woman is also accused of using nearly $25,000 to convert a bedroom into a closet to store her extensive shoe and clothing collection. Investigators say that the collection consisted of 400 pairs of shoes valued at a total of $240,000, designer clothing valued at a total of $300,000, and 160 designer purses valued at a total of $320,000. The closet included a granite covered center island, crystal chandelier, and a 32 inch plasma television."

The Sheriff's Department says that the woman was able to conceal the alleged scheme for so long because of her position at the company: chief financial officer. The losses resulting from the alleged thefts forced the company to conduct layoffs and restructure its operations.

The woman faces charges of grand theft and embezzlement.

Her laid-off co-workers must love her. So sad. The full story here.

11 comments:

only a movie said...

Wow. Closet bigger than my house. I like shoes and everything, but... ack.

Raina said...

Jesus, what a dick (in this case it's gender neutral).

P.S. I was hoping for pictures of her closet at the link but no such luck.

Robin said...

Raina - I googled for pics of her closet but couldn't find any, so I had to settle for Mariah's. You would think some news outlet would have taken pics - but alas, all the reporters have been laid off too!

sas said...

embezzlement is wrong and stuff but WOW shoegasm!

My Castle in Spain said...

oh la la...consumerism fever at its worst !

MUMSIE said...

MY COMMENT IS "NO COMMENT!"

Catnip Intoxicating said...

My dream is to have a closet like that. Just without the embezzlement bit.

Robin said...

Mom, What is with the ALL CAPS??? No shouting on this blog!

knitseashore said...

Maybe if it were purses I could understand a little more? (just kidding). I don't get the TV thing either. Why do you need a TV in your shoe closet?

dolcechic said...

That is one great closet. These stories make me wonder if there are executives with morals? This makes me sick!!!

thesixkents said...

*sigh* shoes. *sigh* purses. *sigh* clothes that aren't 30 years old, ripped, worn and generally out of style and 3 waist sizes ago.

LOVE Mariah's closet - sorry! it's just plain gorgeous!!