Career con woman poses as qualified nanny to rob wealthy parents, cops say

Authorities in California say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of faking her own credentials in a scheme to impersonate a nanny and rob the families hiring her to care for their kids.

According to KCRA, 60-year-old Darlene Monticalvo was arrested on Thursday by officers in Emeryville who were investigating claims that she had illegally presented herself as someone else.

Two well-to-do families in the San Francisco Bay area were reportedly in discussions with her alter ego about possible employment as a nanny in their homes.

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Monticalvo is accused of using the identity of a professional childcare provider in Emeryville when she presented herself as a candidate to families in San Francisco, according to KTVU.

The families reportedly grew concerned upon looking into her supposed credentials, SF Gate reported.

Court records reveal the suspect has been convicted of 22 previous crimes. On top of those, the Oakland Police Department reportedly has her listed as a wanted person on felony counts including injury to a child investigators identified as a two-month-old baby.

Surveillance footage reportedly led police to identify Monticalvo as a suspect in this case and authorities noted that her previous run-ins with the law have included similar schemes. Reports indicate she is expected to face “several felonies” in connection to the latest arrest.

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[Featured image: Darlene Monticalvo, Emeryville Police Department]