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New York Woman Accused of Newtown Fraud Scheme


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A New York City woman has been arrested by federal authorities who say she tried to scam donors by posing as a relative of one of the children killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Thirty-seven-year-old Nouel Alba of the Bronx was arrested Thursday and charged with lying to FBI agents.

Federal prosecutors say Alba used her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a “funeral fund.”

Authorities say Alba denied seeking the donations when she was contacted by FBI agents investigating charity scams related to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A gunman’s rampage there on Dec. 14 left 20 children and six adults dead.

Alba appeared Thursday in federal court in Hartford and was released on $50,000 bond.

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