STAMFORD — A Pennsylvania woman convicted of pretending to be a children’s autism therapist who stole more than $300,000 from local families and school districts has been accused of not reimbursing the families.

Stacy Lore, 41, turned herself over to the Office of Adult Probation at the Stamford courthouse and was charged this week with violation of probation.

Lore was accused in 2009 of posing as a board-certified behavior analyst and told Norwalk school officials she had two master's degrees and a doctorate to be qualified as a consultant on autism treatment services.

Lore was sentenced in 2010 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree larceny.

When Lore was released in 2012, she was ordered to make restitution during her five years of probation to two families she stole from. However, authorities say she has only paid $242.

Victims said they paid Lore tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for what they thought was specialized treatment for their autistic children.

Judge Gary White said Wednesday Lore may have taken $300,000 from the towns of Norwalk and Wilton by falsely representing she was licensed to treat autism.

White ordered Lore to pay a $3,500 cash court appearance bond, which she posted and was released after her arraignment. The money will be used to reimburse her victims, Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Ferencek said.

Lore’s public defender Howard Ehring said his client has support of her family who put up the bond.

“She has been having some difficulties making restitution,” he said. “Since she has been released, she has children and she has been trying to get employment, but it has been difficult to get a job in her situation.”

In a letter from one of the families calling for Lore’s arrest, a woman said she paid her more than $20,000 to work with her autistic son.

“Stacy used my son’s disability to line her pockets,” Margaret Kozlark wrote. “When she was arrested for her fraud, she dismissed her lack of a degree as ‘just a piece of paper.’”

Kozlark said the debt from the scam ended her marriage and Lore’s unqualified treatment caused a setback for her son who now needs more help than the schools can provide.

In another letter to the court, Kimberly Tromba said Lore “stole” $12,706 from her family for 18 months of treatment for her autistic son. Tromba sent the court pictures from Lore’s Facebook page, boasting about her new vacuum, new car, tattoos and expensive living room television.

Tromba also said her marriage ended because of the strain her son’s illness and Lore put on their relationship.

“Her reckless therapy not only increased (her son’s) behaviors, he also became very withdrawn and regressed,” Tromba wrote. “The damage has cost thousands upon thousands to try to correct what cannot be undone. Stacy willfully changed my son’s projectory and quality of life forever.”

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