Pennsylvania nanny charged with using relative’s credit card for high-end shopping

A Pennsylvania nanny is accused of using a relative’s credit card to rack up thousands in charges, including a shopping spree at several high-end retail stores.

Jessica Gadebusch, 20, was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony after authorities said the parents of two children noticed nearly $8,000 in erroneous charges on their card.

Exton resident Anne Carlin said she hired Gadebusch when their daycare center was suddenly closed by the state due to allegations against staff.

“We went on Facebook to babysitting groups and saw Jessica’s post that she was available immediately,” Carlin said.


During Gadebusch’s two-week stay as Carlin’s nanny, she received their credit card to take their children to the zoo and returned the card after the trip.

The Pugs then noticed thousands of hundreds of dollars in fees at Sephora and LuluLemon, as well as an AirBnb transaction.

West Whiteland Township Police Department investigators later discovered that Gadebusch had added Carlin’s card to his Apple wallet to make the purchases.

“We need to warn our residents that this kind of thing can happen,” Detective Scott Pezick said. “We allow people into our house, nannies, housekeepers, home healthcare workers, and sometimes it’s just an opportunity for people to make bad decisions.”

Anne Carlin and her husband allegedly charged their nanny thousands of dollars on their credit card.

Gadebusch is due back in court for a net month-long preliminary hearing. His lawyer said Gadebusch admitted his “mistake” and almost refunded all the money taken from the Pugs.

“My client made a mistake, she immediately admitted that mistake and she makes amends,” attorney David Moscow of Alva, Foster, Moscow told FOX 29.

Meanwhile, the Pugs use their experience to warn others of the possibility of scammers.

“Ask as many questions as you can, clearly have cash or pre-loaded gift cards to give to your nanny, but be really careful,” Anne said.

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