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Renata Shamrakova, Personal Assistant, Charged With Stealing $1.6 Million For Personal Use

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Renata Shamrakova allegedly stole $900,000 for a jewelry business she started with Michael Smaye.
Renata Shamrakova allegedly stole $900,000 for a jewelry business she started with Michael Smaye.

Evidently one woman thought personal assistant also meant personal banker.

A New York jewelry freak was slapped with more than 40 felony charges this week related to identity theft and grand larceny after she allegedly used her employer's credit cards to rack up more than $900,000 in debt for her own jewelry start-up, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced on Thursday.

Renata Shamrakova, 27, treated herself to swanky vacations in Aruba, Italy and France, bought thousands of pieces of jewelry, furniture and clothing, and even racked up a hefty amount of online food orders, indictment documents charge. She allegedly spent it all while she was a personal assistant between March 2011 and January 2012. While the official documents did not reveal her employer, many publications have identified that she worked for -- and swindled the money from -- Nicky Hilton's ex-husband Rob Meister.

"Not only did the defendant steal her employer’s identity and credit card information, but she also treated his personal bank account as if it were her own," Vance said in a press release. "Identity theft is a major crime issue and employers must remain vigilant when giving employees access to personal account information."

Shamrakova is also charged with tranferring $500,000 from her former employer's personal bank account to pay off her credit card bills.

She allegedly spent most of the cash on her start-up jewelry curating business, Karat & Ice, a self-described "trusted carrier of authentic quality designer merchandise" whose slogan boasts, "More IS More." The company's Facebook page is filled with pictures of expensive, handmade jewelry and Shamrakova getting makeovers.

In January, Shamrakova and her business partner Michael Smaye, 25, apparently found out that cops were about to search an apartment that they shared, so they allegedly tried to hide their computers, phones and other documents. Both received additional evidence tampering charges.

Shamrakova and Smaye did not return calls for comment from The Huffington Post.