Andover Nanny Gets 15-Month Jail Term For Theft From Employer

U.S. District Court, Boston. (File photograph.)

An Andover woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston for stealing more than $100,000 from her employer.

Stacy Fortunato, 36, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Mark L. Wolf to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $112,806 in restitution. In June 2017, Fortunato pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud.

While employed as a nanny from November 2014 to February 2016, Fortunato’s unidentified employer provided her with a credit card to make purchases solely related to her work duties, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI. Instead, the nanny made unauthorized charges and cash withdrawals using the credit card on hundreds of occasions, totaling approximately $86,000. To conceal what she had done, she made unauthorized electronic payments from her employer’s bank account to her employer’s credit card account. Fortunato also wrote checks for her own personal benefit on her employer’s bank account, forging her employer’s signature to the checks before cashing them. In total, the nanny defrauded her employer of about $113,000.