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Local nanny caught scamming families

October 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Hollywood-area nanny is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 30 on misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged scheme to leave children in her care at an unlicensed day care facility, city prosecutors said Friday. "I was devastated. I felt as if I had been betrayed by a member of my family," said victim, Kim Lewis.

Kim Lewis couldn't believe that the nanny she had trusted to take care of her kids was allegedly dumping them off at an unlicensed day care center in Hollywood and going off to work at a second job.

"I felt as if I had been kicked in the stomach. I really could not believe that it was possible that my nanny, who had worked for me for almost five years, was able to leave my kids at this location," said Lewis.

Roxana Villamarin, 38, was charged with grand theft for scamming at least five families in Hancock Park and Larchmont.

According to the City Attorney's Office Villamarin who worked as a nanny between 2002 and 2007, convinced parents to allow her to take their kids on various cultural activities, like visiting museums and libraries.

Investigators say that the so-called libraries turned out to be an illegal day care center that was operated out of an apartment on Normandie Ave in Hollywood.

Officials have identified ten children who were involved in the scam, but believe there maybe as many as 30.

"I am trying to keep other families from having to go through that. I really worry about where she might work next," said Lewis.

Villamarin allegedly returned for the children at a pre-arranged time to take them home, according to prosecutors.

Roxana Villamarin is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 30.

If you know of anyone who may of been scammed by the suspect please call the L.A. City Attorney at (213) 978-8100.

 

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