(NEW YORK) — A New York woman has been accused of collecting nearly half-a-million dollars in fraudulent claims from a fund created to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
On Friday, authorities arrested and charged 26-year-old Audrea Gause with larceny, having allegedly altering old medical documents to make it look like she received treatment for injuries suffered during the attacks. She received $480,000 from The One Fund, established to help victims of the bombings.
Gause was not even in Boston during the April 15 attacks, authorities said in a news conference Friday.
She is said to have submitted notarized claims and several pages of medical records that she claimed documented treatment for injuries suffered during the bombings, photocopying and altering them to make them appear authentic.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley condemned Gause’s alleged crimes during the news conference.
“It is outrageous,” Coakley said, “… [that] some individuals have attempted to defraud The One Fund and to take dollars from those victims who need and deserve them.”
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