A trusted member of their team – that’s how Manuel Alvarez was described by Neiman Marcus Vice President Gary Manson. However, Alvarez broke that trust as the pled guilty to an Information charging transportation of stolen goods in interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, admitting that the stole jewelry from the store and sold it on Ebay.
Manson said that that theft of property by Alvarez, a loss prevention specialist for many years, had meant more than a financial loss to the company and its employees. Breaking trust is painful. And, Alvarez now knows that every choice has a consequence.
Alvarez worked at Neiman Marcus as a store loss prevention specialist and in 2004, he met an accomplice and they agreed to sell jewelry on Ebay and split the proceeds. Alvarez would obtain jewelry from a Neiman Marcus store and then his accomplice would post the items for auction/sale on her Ebay auction site, representing that the jewelry was legitimate merchandise that belonged to her. They agreed to equally divide the profits from the sales.
Alvarez admitted that he stole designer jewelry items and other merchandise from Neiman Marcus by taking the items from open stock drawers or by using his key as a loss prevention specialist to access items kept in locked storage in the store. He hid the jewelry on his person to remove it from the store and delivered the jewelry to his accomplices to sell on Ebay. He also provided an accomplice with gifts of jewelry which he had also stolen from Neiman Marcus, some of which she sold on Ebay and kept the proceeds for herself. In June 2005, Alvarez approached a friend who lived in the Houston area, and provided her items he had stolen from Neiman Marcus for her to sell on Ebay. This accomplice also photographed the items and placed them for auction on Ebay using her Ebay account. Both accomplices mailed the items to the purchasers using the U.S. Mail and equally divided the net proceeds with Alvarez.
The Court found that the intended loss to Neiman Marcus from Alvarez‘s scheme exceeded $400,000.
Alvarez is 37 years old of Mesquite, Texas must also make restitution of more than $323,000. Alvarez, who admitted stealing at least 400 items, must report to prison May 1.
Every choice has a consequence. As a white collar crime and business ethics speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. While Alvarez and his accomplice may have looked good for a time and avoided the consequences – they did not avoid the consequences all together. Prison is no fun and Alvarez is facing over two years plus substantial restitution for his conviction. Likely he will serve time and that will prove to be a dramatic change from his prior activities. You do reap what you sow.
If anyone reading has any background on Alvarez – feel free to comment as I study the behaviors and backgrounds of those convicted of white collar crime.
White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…