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.
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.