Recently, a woman from New York admitted that she scammed a fund whose purpose was to provide assistance to victims from last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. She fraudulently acquired as much as $480,000. The money was meant to go tosurvivors and their families and came from the One Fund Boston. Subsequently, the woman was sentenced for the crime but could be free in as little as over a year’s time.
The case was heard in Suffolk Superior Court, where Judge Carol S. Bell presided. At the end of the proceedings, Audrea Gause, 27, was sentenced to two and a half to three years at MCI-Framingham for defrauding the One Fund Boston. Gause was credited for time served as a result of the 305 days she spent waiting for her case to be resolved. The prosecutors brought up the woman’s blatant attempt to capitalize on the suffering of others and requested a five year sentence, which is the maximum for larceny that involves money amounts greater than $250.
Attorney General Martha Coakley reported to the Herald that the money has been returned to the One Fund. To date, the fund has provided the families of the fallen victims and survivors of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings close to $61 million to help with medical costs and other issues.
The prosecutors stated that Gause’s fraudulent claim consisted of false medical records that said she had been hospitalized at two different hospitals with a brain injury as a result of the terrorist attack. However, authorities reported that she was never even at the Boston Marathon. Gause used $377,500 as a down payment on a new home to a construction company in New York. She had also tried to get a free “Heroes Cruise.”
Attorney Patrick Donovan is a criminal attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. Attorney Donovan is a former assitant district attorney where he prosecuted hundreds of case. As a criminal defense attorney Patrick Donovan has appeared in over fifty courthouse in Massachusetts. Attorney Donovan handles both felony and misdemeanor crimes.
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