Monday, July 22, 2013
CNN reports that 26-year-old Audrea Gause of Troy, N.Y., was arrested on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant on charges of larceny. She reportedly received $480,000 from The One Fund Boston after claiming she suffered a traumatic brain injury from the recent Boston Marathon bombings. An investigation concluded that her claimed treatments for injuries were fabricated. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is quoted as saying of Gause, "She was stealing money from the real victims of the Marathon bombing, and from the people who gave so generously to help them." And she may not be alone. Coakley further commented that the investigation is ongoing, and that others may be involved in Gause's allegedly fraudulent claims.
That cheats might set their sights on the Fund is obviously a function of its success in raising money. The story reports that The One Fund Boston has begun to distribute nearly $61 million of donations to 232 eligible claimants.