Norwalk autism fraudster returned to jail in Stamford
STAMFORD-A Pennsylvania woman who fraudulently passed herself off as an autism specialist working with Norwalk schools kids a decade ago, was returned to jail by a Stamford judge Friday for failing to show up at court and pay enough restitution in her case.
Stacy Lore, 42, was sent to York Correctional Institution for women after a heated hearing at the Stamford courthouse Friday morning a day after she unexpectedly turned herself over to Stamford police on an arrest warrant for failing to show up to court with $15,000 to pay back her victims on March 30.
In 2010 Lore pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to be a board-certified behavior analyst with advanced degrees and was convicted of first-degree larceny and sentenced to three years in jail. As part of her plea agreement, Lore was supposed to pay pay the parents of two autistic Norwalk children $33,874 during probation after being released from jail in 2012.
But last October her probation was violated when she only made $242 in restitution in the years since her release. As a result, Lore could be jailed for five more years, the same time that was suspended from her jail term when she was sentenced eight years ago.
Judge White said Lore missed her court date in early February and he put out an order for her arrest. Her public defender Howard Ehring said that Lore was then scheduled to show up to court at the end of March with $15,000 with the agreement that White would vacate her arrest order, because Lore missed her February court date because of inclement weather.
But Lore never showed up or offered the money.
But Erhing said Lore showed up Thursday with her parents and a family friend and offered to pay $9,000 in restitution in hopes of winning her release.
But White said he had a very difficult time understanding how Lore could pay so little money during the time she was on probation. Since October Lore came up with another $500 or so, bringing up her total restitution payments $812.
“She paid a very small amount on a very large debt,” White said before denying Ehring’s request to release her on a promise to appear once her family paid the $9,000. White said she didn’t even come up with the $15,000 that she promised after failing to appear in court in February.
Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Ferencek suggested she be put back in jail for three weeks to see if her family could come up with more money. Ferencek also said the two mothers who were owed money and who helped unmask Lore’s fraud did some social media research and found out that Lore had been bragging on her Facebook page before her arrest last October about having a new car, buying toys for her kids and joining a country club with a pool.
“This woman has had more than enough time to make restitution. The amount of money she paid in restitution is making a mockery out of the criminal justice system,” Ferencek said.
The two mothers, Kim Tromba and Margarget Kozlar said they were delighted that White put Lore in jail.
After watching the hearing, the two said Lore did irreparable damage to their two sons by performing her phony therapy on them.
Tromba called the restitution Lore paid a “slap in the face.” Tromba said she was relieved to hear Lore returned to Stamford because she had no faith that she would ever show up again.
Kozlar said Lore was trying to make herself out to be the victim in this case, when she clearly knew what she was doing was wrong. “She halted our kids’ trajectory,” Kozlar said.
Lore is being held in lieu of a $150,000 court appearance bond and was scheduled to return to court on June 22.