NY Woman Indicted on Charges She Made Fraudulent Marathon Bombing Claim
BOSTON (WGGB) — A woman accused of making a fraudulent claim to The One Fund Boston has been indicted by a grand jury.
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office says that a Suffolk County Grand Jury handed up the indictment against 26-year-old Audrea Gause of Troy, N.Y. on charges of larceny over $250 and gross fraud.
Coakley’s office adds that Gause allegedly filed a claim to The One Fund Boston, stating that she had been hospitalized at Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center for a traumatic brain injury sustained from the Boston Marathon bombing.
The claim, which included medical records purporting Gause suffered such an injury, was approved and the fund paid out $480,000 to her.
However, an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s office found that she was not a patient at Boston Medical Center on the day of the bombing, and that she was not a patient at Albany Medical Center at the times she “allegedly entered on her notarized claim form,” Coakley’s office adds in a statement.
Investigators found that Gause allegedly gave $377,500 of that money to a New York construction company for a down payment on a new house. The state also alleges that Gause signed up for a cruise that was being offered, free of charge, to bombing victims.
Coakley says in a statement, “We allege that this defendant fraudulently claimed she sustained a critical injury at the site of the marathon tragedy and defrauded The One Fund Boston of $480,000. This defendant allegedly attempted to steal from the real victims of the Marathon bombing, and we are pleased that we were able to recover this money for The One Fund Boston.”
Gause was arrested in Troy, N.Y. in July and has since been extradited back to Massachusetts for arraignment. She is currently being held on $200,000 cash bail.
In previous court appearances, her attorney claims that his client has not committed any wrong-doing.