A metro Atlanta baby-sitter was behind bars Tuesday after a Chamblee family accused the woman of using their credit card to charge more than $5,000 in merchandise.
Gina Groves, who landed the baby-sitting job through Care.com, was being held in the Douglas County Jail on unrelated charges, but her arrest came after the family called the authorities to report the credit card theft, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Care.com markets itself as “the world’s largest” online marketplace for connecting families who need sitters and other care givers.
The service, however, also warns that it “does not employ, recommend or endorse any care provider or care seeker nor is it responsible for the conduct of any care provider or care seeker.”
Efforts to reach Care.com for comment on the Chamblee incident were unsuccessful. A representative directed Channel 2 to Care.com’s safety page.
The McCarthys found out after Groves allegedly used their credit card that the woman they let into their Chamble home to watch their son and later take care of their dog had had a string of criminal charges in several metro Atlanta counties, even though she appeared to check out on Care.com.
“Reading her glowing reviews, I figured she would be perfect,” Keating McCarthy told Channel 2.
The McCarthys said Groves, who went by the name Regina Christopher on Care.com, tried to open several credit card accounts with their information, and then boxes began arriving at their home with merchandise the couple didn’t order.
They contacted the police after Groves dropped off their dog when the couple returned from the beach.They learned Groves was also wanted on various charges in four metro counties: DeKalb, Fulton, Cherokee and Douglas.
On Tuesday, Douglas County online jail records showed Groves remained behind bars after being booked Aug. 1 on a probation violation charge. She also has pleaded guilty to obstruction, Channel 2 reported.
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