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Cops: Woman filed $480k false Boston Marathon victim claim [VIDEO]

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com
Cops: Woman filed $480k false Boston Marathon victim claim [VIDEO]
Hospital entrance in Boston, Massachusetts after the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed 3 and injured over 140. (File/UPI/Matthew Healey) | License Photo

A woman has been arrested in New York for allegedly filing a false claim to collect almost half a million dollars from a national Boston Marathon bombing relief fund, according to Troy Police.

Investigators say Audrea Gause, 26, claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury during the bombings and filed a $480,000 claim with The One Fund Boston, an organization accepting and distributing money for victims.

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Troy Police Captain John Cooney said that Gause opened a bank account and on July 1 and cashed the check for $480,000. On July 15, she withdrew $377,500 cash and brought that in a paper bag to a home builder.

Gause had visited Boston Medical Center for a claimed fall, and obtained the paperwork necessary to make a claim as a bombing victim.

Gause was taken into custody Friday morning and charged with larceny over $250 and felony defrauding a nationally recognized victim relief fund.

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