Woman arrested for faking brain injury and scamming $480,000 from Boston bombing victims

By Kay Steiger
Saturday, July 20, 2013 20:42 EDT
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Audrea Gause (screenshot via WPTV)
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Police arrested a New York woman on Friday after a Massachusetts fugitive warrant had been issued for her arrest for a nonprofit out of nearly half a million dollars designed to benefit the victims of the April bombing of the Boston Marathon.

CNN reported that 26-year-old Audrea Gause was awarded $480,000, allegedly for a traumatic brain injury, from The One Fund Boston, which collected and distributed nearly $61 million to 232 claimants beginning on June 30 to help pay for medical bills.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley received a tip that Gause was not a Boston resident — in fact, Gause is a resident of Tory, New York, where she was arrested on Friday.

“She was stealing money from the real victims of the Marathon bombing, and from the people who gave so generously to help them,” Coakley said in a statement reported by CNN.

Gause appeared in court in Rensselaer County, New York on Friday afternoon where she faced fugitive charges. She is being held without bail in Resselaer County jail; her next hearing will take place on Tuesday.

Watch the video, broadcast by WPTV on July 20.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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