Was Nanny Stealing From the Family?

You can never be too careful where the safety and well being of children are concerned. If you let your guard down for a minute you could wind up with a nanny from hell.

A Massachusetts woman who was recently arrested certainly sounds like someone you would not want anywhere near your children if the charges against her are true.

The 30-year-old has been charged with forging 65 checks on her employers’ bank accounts for a whopping total of $280,000.

Not to be trusted

This doesn’t necessarily mean the nanny was mean to the children under her care or that she neglected or abused them in any way. It does mean, though, that you can’t trust her around your money.

The woman had been in her nanny position for more than two years when the parents discovered that she had been draining cash from their bank accounts for at least a year.

She got away with it for so long because she would intercept mailed bank statements when they arrived at her employers’ home before they could see them.

What did she do with the money? She bought a diamond necklace, Movado watches, and vacations to the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, theme parks, Cape Cod and elsewhere.

She is charged with bank fraud. If found guilty the nanny could get 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, supervised release and mandatory restitution.

A potential heart ache

Raising children is possibly the most rewarding thing a couple can do, but child care can be a heart ache when both parents must work outside the home in order to make ends meet.

The first and best option is to keep it in the family. Find a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is available and loves the little ones almost as much as the parents do.

If that is not possible, then try to get a referral from a satisfied customer of a caregiver, nanny or day care center.

If as a last resort you need to open the phone book or check the ads, then by all means do your due diligence and check out the person or persons thoroughly.

Finally, if you do hire a live-in nanny, keep the checkbook and other valuables under lock and key. Don’t leave temptation in their path.

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