New York City - Woman Arrested In Alleged Scam A Boss From Hell
New York City - The Upper West Side woman who allegedly bilked Fortune 500 companies out of millions to finance a life of opulence [reported by VIN News] was a hellacious boss who repeatedly lost employees and used elaborate security measures to spy on her staff, a former worker said yesterday.
“She had some very high-tech security,” said an employee who spent a great deal of time in Dina Wein-Reis’ mansion on West 75th Street. “She’d be in Israel and could watch via camera what was going on in the house.”
The employee, who worked for Wein-Reis for two years, said her boss was brutal to her staff of personal chefs, hairdressers and makeup artists and many left after just a few months.
“She treated people like crap, so she ended up going through staff very quickly,” the employee said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “She was very nasty to people and slow to pay.”
The 44-year-old is charged with scamming companies out of discounted goods purportedly to be used for charity but which she sold for profit.
“She was a good businesswoman, but she really just used her good looks to swindle people,” the employee said. “She was very shrewd.”
Federal prosecutors have asked that Wein-Reis’ mansion be seized, along with 60 valuable works of art - including paintings by Warhol and Modigliani - and that 177 bank accounts be frozen.
She is being held without bail, pending extradition to Indiana, where the case was filed.
“We are going to try our best to expedite the extradition hearing and get her over to Indiana, where we can renew our application for bail,” said her lawyer, Benjamin Brafman.
Her husband, David Reis, who neighbors said was a rabbi, came from a much more modest background in Colombia, where he was born David Ruiz. He has not been charged in the scam.
“He is a good son. I don’t know what happened. I don’t believe it,” said his father, Hector Ruiz, 75, who lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Ruiz said he did not know why his son changed his name or how he made a living.
Reis’ aunt, however, said that her nephew worked in a “commercial-type business,” and that he was not born Jewish.
When approached for comment, Reis told The Post, “You have no right to bother my family.”
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