• FORMER SAKS SALESWOMAN CONVICTED: A former Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry saleswoman was convicted Monday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan of grand larceny and falsifying business records, according to published reports. Court papers weren’t available at press time Monday. The woman, Cecille Villacorta, was charged with inappropriately discounting high-end pieces in order to boost her commissions, or in effect stealing more than $1 million in merchandise from 2000 to 2006. She faces up to seven years for one grand larceny charge and is expected to be sentenced on April 27. She was acquitted of other charges.
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• PEI RETAIL PRESIDENT: Perry Ellis International has tapped Gary Rubin as president of its direct-to-consumer division, with responsibility for retail stores and e-commerce Web sites for all of the Miami-based company’s brands. Rubin was previously senior vice president of merchandise and design for lifestyle brands at PEI. In his new role, effective immediately, he replaces Barry Shapiro, who left the company for personal reasons in November. PEI operates 46 Perry Ellis outlet stores and six Original Penguin stores, in addition to e-commerce sites for its Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, Cubavera and C&C California brands.