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"Nanny had long history of larceny, check fraud; Mother sues, says $285,000 gone" by Shelley Murphy, Nestor Ramos and Evan Allen Globe Staff  October 09, 2015

The alleged victim of a nanny who police say stole hundreds of thousands of dollars is a Bain & Co. executive who learned too late that the woman taking care of her children had a long and public history of passing bad checks all over Greater Boston.

Court documents show that Grace C. Heintz, a partner in Bain’s Boston office, sued Stephanie L. Fox in September — shortly after discovering that Fox had allegedly spent more than a year forging Heintz’s signature on 65 checks totaling more than $285,000.

When Heintz confronted her in August, Fox allegedly admitted taking the money and destroying bank statements to hide her actions.

“Stephanie Fox admitted that she drafted the checks,” Heintz wrote in an affidavit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, “however she wanted to be sure I was aware that she did nothing to harm the children and that she loved the children.”

After Heintz went to the police, Fox, 30, was arrested this week and charged in federal court with three counts of bank fraud. She allegedly told police that she used the money to buy diamond necklaces and high-end watches, make a down payment on a truck, and to finance trips to the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, and Disney World.


Boston attorney Joseph M. Perullo, who represents Fox in the federal case and was her lawyer on many of her prior cases, said, “She’s deeply apologetic about what happened. She has a mental health disorder that causes her to act impulsively.”

Oh, is that the lame-a$$ defense you intend to use?

Fox has a lengthy criminal record filled with convictions for larceny by check — something Heintz said in the affidavit that she uncovered only after Fox confessed.

In 2007, Fox was caught using credit cards she’d stolen from customers at a Braintree restaurant where she worked to buy tickets to concerts and Red Sox games, gift cards, and other items, according to a report by The Patriot Ledger newspaper. She was sentenced to two years of probation.

While she was a student at Bunker Hill Community College in 2009 and 2010, she bought $2,565.96 worth of textbooks from the school’s bookstore with checks written from closed or nonexistent bank accounts, according to documents from the Charlestown division of Boston Municipal Court.

She pleaded guilty to 12 counts of larceny by check in January 2012, and was given a suspended sentence of 18 months. She was also required to submit to a psychiatric evaluation, according to the court documents, though records show that she failed to comply with the evaluation or follow-up treatment.

Fox spent three semesters at Bunker Hill, a spokeswoman said, and did not earn a degree.

The same month that she admitted to the Charlestown charges, she also pleaded guilty in Stoughton District Court to four counts of larceny by check involving more than $1,500 in purchases at Costco. She was sentenced to serve 6 months in a house of correction, and another 12 months was suspended.

Various court filings show that she also faced charges in Brockton, Woburn, Roxbury, and Boston Municipal Court, where a clerk noted that Fox had a 10-page record filled with defaults indicating she did not appear at court hearings.

The 2011 charges were the subject of news media coverage at the time.

Fox, who then had warrants out for her arrest in Boston, Brockton, Stoughton, and Woburn, was arrested in Boston while with a child she was caring for at the time, according to the report.

Neither Heintz nor the lawyer representing her in the civil lawsuit returned calls requesting a comment. Her husband, C. Grover Heintz, who listed his occupation as “business analyst” on a Boston residency form this year, could not be reached.

Bain & Co. is a management consulting firm.

Perullo, Fox’s lawyer, said she is driven by a mental health issue.

“She has an issue with compulsive spending. It’s a serious mental health issue that she needs to address,” Perullo said. He said the new charges “hopefully will help her get the help that she desperately needs.”

Okay, let's pick up on that.

Perullo described Fox as a highly intelligent woman, and a good nanny who bonded with the children she cared for, “but has this compulsion that caused her to unfortunately steal a lot of money from a very generous and very nice family.”

I'm thinking Bernie Madoff and all the other criminal Wall Street $cum. 


Records included with the civil filing depict an escalating pattern of forgery while she worked for Heintz, beginning with checks for several hundred dollars in May 2014 and culminating with a check for $9,875 dated Aug. 17, 2015.

On Aug. 9, Fox shared a photo of herself and another woman sitting along the third base line at Fenway Park. 

I'm seeing a lot of fear and remorse, aren't you?

In September — weeks after Heintz confronted her — Fox posted a photo of herself and a nephew in front of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. 

(Blog editor throws hands in air)

Perullo said Fox is undergoing mental health counseling as a condition of her release while awaiting the resolution of her case.

He said she has never been officially diagnosed with an illness, but attended some counseling after one of her prior arrests.

He said Fox has cooperated with authorities and acknowledges what she did.

“I expect that she is going to resolve the case and ask for forgiveness, and hopefully make amends with the family,” he said.

Yeah, c'mon back. Kids have missed ya!


Does she look trustworthy to you?

No wonder the privileged want illegal immigrants as caretakers. Look what happens when you hire a citizen.

Also see: Amid nanny case, experts weigh in on managing accounts

Yeah, check your account because the banks sure won't.