A woman who was once employed as a nanny for Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz now faces a range of very serious criminal charges. The 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman was accused of stealing from Kunitz and his wife following an unrelated investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. She now faces a mix of criminal charges and will be prosecuted at both the federal and state level.
Investigators believe that the woman stole an 18-karat gold and diamond necklace from Kunitz and his wife, as well as a gold and diamond stud earring. The value of the items is estimated at $12,000. The woman is said to have taken those items in for appraisal before selling them to two different jewelry businesses. Those sales rang in at just under $4,000.
Prosecutors assert that the woman then used the appraisals to file an insurance claim after a fire destroyed a home that she was renting. She is facing arson charges in relation to that fire. An agent with the ATF claims that the woman admitted to stealing the jewelry, but it is unclear what other evidence is held by the prosecution.
The former Pennsylvania nanny is faced with charges of receiving stolen property and theft at the state level. The federal charges include arson and wire fraud. These allegations are very serious, and a conviction could result in significant jail time. Should the woman wish to avoid an unfavorable outcome, she will need to take an aggressive criminal defense stance in the matter, as soon as possible. As of the time of this report, there is no defense attorney listed for her on some of the charges.
Source: LancasterOnline, "Ex-nanny for Penguins' Kunitz charged with stealing jewelry", April 24, 2015