Woman accused of faking child therapy degree

A Westchester County woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges she falsified her credentials as a child therapist.Stacey Lore, 33, is accused of passing herself off

NORWALK - A Westchester County woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges she falsified her credentials as a child therapist.

Stacey Lore, 33, is accused of passing herself off as a special education counselor certified to work with autistic children to the Norwalk school system and several families.

Police say Lore was paid nearly $200,000 by the school and the families.

Norwalk school officials eventually became suspicious after Lore couldn't verify her records following complaints. Two mothers, Margaret Bustell and Kim Graham, say they tried to check Lore's credentials for themselves after they suspected she was a fraud.

Police say their yearlong investigation discovered that Lore had only received a GED from a vocational school.

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