Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Nanny Sentenced for Forging Dozens of Checks
BOSTON – A Randolph woman who was employed as a nanny was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with forging 65 checks totaling over $280,000 from her employers’ bank account.
Stephanie L. Fox, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 40 months in prison, three years of supervised release and restitution of $281,917. In November 2015, she pleaded guilty to three counts of bank fraud.
Fox was employed as a nanny from February 2013 until August 2015 when her employers discovered that for more than a year she had been writing checks on one of their bank accounts and forging one of their signatures on the checks. Fox avoided detection by destroying the bank account statements when they arrived at her employers’ home. In total, Fox forged 65 checks totaling $281,917. She used the money to purchase jewelry, including a diamond pendant necklace and three Movado watches, as well as for travel to places such as the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, Newport, Disney, and Cape Cod.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Commissioner William Evans of the Boston Police Department, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Balthazard of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.