Five Towns, NY – She cleaned their homes and then cleaned them out of their prized possessions.
That’s what police in Nassau County are saying about a Queens woman who worked for several families in the Five Towns area.
Osmina Guzman of Far Rockaway is accused of stealing cash and jewelry from three homes totaling $42,000. Guzman was employed for more than a year-and-a-half by working moms with small children.
Police said Guzman worked in Woodmere on Lark Court and Howard Avenue, and in Cedarhurst on Arlington Road. Families noticed missing valuables for months but never dreamed that it was the work of the trusted maid.
“You take someone into your house, she lives with you and you hope for the best,” Woodmere resident Toby Wolfson said. “You don’t know.”
In the end, it was the disappearance of an entire set of sterling silver that prompted the homeowners to confront Guzman. A victim’s relative said that she confessed, but the silver was long gone.