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NY Woman Accused of ‘One Fund’ Scam Appears in Mass. Court

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BOSTON (WGGB/AP) — A New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims has appeared in a Massachusetts courtroom.

26-year-old Audrea Gause of Troy, N.Y. was arraigned Friday on a charge of larceny over $250.

In front of Judge Thomas Horgan, Gause pleaded not guilty to the charge. Horgan then set bail at $200,000

Gause had fought extradition from New York after her July 19 arrest. Her attorney said she denies any wrongdoing.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Gause got a $480,000 check from the fund after using faked medical records to claim she was treated at Boston and New York hospitals for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings.

Authorities got a tip she may not have been in Boston that day and the hospitals said they didn’t treat her.

Authorities are trying to recover the money.

Gause is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on September 4.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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