Here is another article about an "independent" house cleaner STEALING from those she was working for as well as commiting Identity theft!   When will these wealthy people learn!  Independent house cleaners as a general rule cannot be trusted. They have NOBODY watching them and checking on them and they WILL be tempted to steal and the WILL steal from you and then justify their actions!! 

This keeps on happening with "independents" or individuals who work for themselves under their own company name such as "Rosa's House Cleaning Service", or "Sue's Maid Service"., etc.

Who keeps these people in check? Who is running a background check on these people?

Why would you be willing to open yourself to such a great risk?

A large number of these "independents" are "doing their own thing" because NO reputable company will hire them because of some serious legal problems that they will not tell you about .. why would YOU take this kind of chance with these individuals?

Instead of taking the risk with an individual, why not hire a reputable company like Mountain Maids or Colorado Springs House Cleaning to do the work for you. We do thorough background checks, are members of the BBB   and have been doing this for over 19 years with no issues!

Here is the article we are refering to.
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updated 3:28 p.m. MT, Wed., Feb. 8, 2006
 Maid to the stars pleads guilty to stealing

NEW YORK - A housekeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing valuables from her celebrity employers, including Candice Bergen and Robert De Niro.

Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, a native of Poland, tearfully pleaded guilty to grand larceny, identity theft and forgery. Under the terms of a plea deal, she will be sentenced on Feb. 21 to one to three years in prison.

Turyk-Wawrynowicz said, through a Polish interpreter, that she stole a pair of diamond earrings belonging to De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower. The prosecutor, Anne Schwartz, said the earrings were worth $95,500.

Detective Richard Kenny, lead investigator on the case, said he would return property to the housekeeper’s victims immediately. These items include Hightower’s earrings and shoes, Bergen’s leather jacket and cameras, and other items.

In her guilty plea to forgery, Turyk-Wawrynowicz said she had used a stolen credit card to buy items at Barney’s, the luxury clothing store on Madison Avenue, and had signed the card owner’s name.

Schwartz said the housekeeper visited Barney’s on three separate days and made a total of 18 purchases.

Turyk-Wawrynowicz also admitted to the judge that she stole the identity of a now-13-year-old girl. Schwartz said the defendant used the girl’s Social Security number to obtain residency and work papers that she should not have gotten as an illegal alien.

Judge Renee White said the federal Department of Homeland Security will take custody of Turyk-Wawrynowicz after she finishes her sentence and then take whatever action that agency deems appropriate.

This would likely include deportation to Poland. An immigration official filed an affidavit with the court in December, saying Turyk-Wawrynowicz was not admissible as a resident because she had used fraud to remain in this country.

Turyk-Wawrynowicz has been jailed for all but a few weeks since her arrest in June 2005.


Our observations about this article:

In addition to the above issues that these movie stars have had with the theft from their homes, don't be surprised if the IRS and Social Security Administration and even the INS seek to prosecute them for hiring an illegal immigrant and/or not paying Social Security / FICA Taxes on this individual as well as not carrying workers comp insurance as is required by law!!  Why would anybody want to open themselves to these kind of risks? Identity theft, Nanny / Maid Taxs not paid, Workers Compensation risks? Is it worth it? A reputable maid service takes care of all of this and you can stop and start service at your leisure ..for example when you go away on vacation. You have accountability if the job is not done to your satisfaction.  Why deal with an individual who may start out doing a good job but eventually does less and less work but   still expects to get paid the same? There are no real savings when you hire an individual IF you do it right ..   pay the taxes, carry the insurance, etc, etc.

Another thought regarding hiring "independent" house cleaners or maids:

If the person you have working for you was a former employee of a company that you hired and then that employee approached you about working for you privately then BEWARE!
The fact of the matter is all house cleaning companies have their employees sign an agreement that precludes them from soliciting the company's clients. YOU as the company's client are regarded as an asset of the company. The company spent money advertizing to get you as a client. Information about who the company's clients are is internal confidential company information and is regarded as the company's "trade secrets". An individual who comes to work for a company and then TAKES  (or STEALS) this confidential information and uses it for their own benefit (ie. approaches you about doing work for you privately) commits THEFT OF COMPANY TRADE SECRETS ..and this is a criminal offense and can be prosecuted!

Although you may not think about this, if YOU hire this former employee who has approached you to work for you independently of the company then YOU have helped this individual
commit a CRIME and this shows the character of the person you have hired. You can be sure that IF THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM STEALING FROM THE COMPANY THAT THEY PREVIOUSLY WORKED FOR, THEN THEY WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM STEALING FROM YOU?!!  ...something to think about!

Another Case of Theft-by-Maid

Dishonest "independent" maid steals earings worth $95,500, and steals identity