An April 12 sentencing has been set for a Heber man and his daughter who pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court Friday to fraud charges stemming from their now-defunct nanny placement business.
Gary Lee Gale, 52, and his daughter, Lisa Gale, 29, had originally pleaded not guilty to a total of 54 felony counts of communications fraud and unlawful dealing with property by a fiduciary that stemmed from an attorney general's investigation into their former business, Nannies Placement Services International Inc.All but four of the counts were dropped as part of a plea bargain agreement.
Gary Gale pleaded guilty to one charge of communications fraud and two charges of unlawful dealing of property by a fiduciary. Lisa Gale pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful dealing of property by a fiduciary.
The business operated from 1983 to 1990 and placed "mother's helpers" or nannies with employers throughout the United States. Fees the business charged nannies and their employers that were supposed to be held in trust were diverted to other uses, according to the charges.
The attorney general's office is not investigating any of the other nanny placement businesses operating in Utah, according to prosecutor Sheila Page. Charges brought against the Gales were the result of problems with the individual business and do not reflect on the industry as a whole, she said. "We think that pleading guilty to the felonies and an appropriate sentence will be an appropriate deterrent to the Gales," she said.