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US Woman Steals $480,000 from Boston Bombing Fund - Report

Topic: Boston Marathon Explosions

Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013
07:26 21/07/2013
Tags: Boston, United States

MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti) - A court in the United States charged a woman from New York with fraudulently collecting nearly half a million dollars after she claimed to be a victim of the Boston marathon bombing, Boston.com reported.

Audrea Gause, 26, collected $480,000 from One Fund Boston, the fund established to help bombing victims with a budget of over $64 million, after she claimed that she suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the terrorist attack.

Police arrested her later after investigators established that she was not in Boston at the time of the tragic events and provided a false document verifying that she was admitted to a hospital in Boston.

“I think the outrageous thing is that for all of [the One Fund’s] due diligence and their care in trying to get dollars out to the people who needed them, we still have individuals with fraudulent intent, who are attempting to take that money away,” Boston.com quoted Attorney General Martha Coakley as saying.

The arrest is the second in regard to activities of One Fund Boston. Earlier in the month, police arrested Branden Mattier, 22, on charges of defrauding the fund by over $2 million.

Three people were killed in the Boston Marathon attack on April 15, including an 8-year-old boy, while more than 260 were injured.

 

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RIA NovostiRunners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013US Woman Steals $480,000 from Boston Bombing Fund - Report

07:26 21/07/2013 A court in the United States charged a woman from New York with fraudulently collecting nearly half a million dollars after she claimed to be a victim of the Boston marathon bombing, Boston.com reported.>>

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