NORTH ADAMS -- A baby-sitter has been charged with stealing nearly $5,000 from the family that employed her.
Shannon Russell, 28, of State Street, was arraigned Friday on 18 counts of forgery of a check, 16 counts of uttering a false check, and one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme.
The family came to police when they noticed checks and $150 in cash were missing, according to a report filed by North Adams Police Det. Kelly Wisniowski.
Russell allegedly forged several checks totaling $4,924 and cashed them at Adams Community Bank in North Adams, according to the report.
The family told police Russell was paid $12 per hour to baby-sit 40 hours per week. Russell worked for the family for two years, according to the report.
The family also provided police with a recording of the conversation when they confronted Russell about the missing money.
According to the police report, Russell allegedly told the family that she had needed the money for rent.
In Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday, Russell was assigned an attorney. She did not enter a plea and was released on personal recognizance.
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