TROY, N.Y. -- The case
against a Troy woman accused of stealing nearly a half million dollars from the
Boston Marathon bombing victims fund continues as the accused appeared in court
for a second arraignment.
Audrea Gause faced her
second arraignment Monday morning in Massachusetts. She's accused of lying
about her injuries to obtain $489,000 from the One Fund.
She was arrested on July
19th and sent to Boston, where she was first arraigned in early August. Her
arraignment on Monday included larceny and gross fraud charges, following a recent
grand jury indictment.
The Massachusetts Attorney General says Gause claimed she suffered a
traumatic brain injury as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing and
experienced long-term memory loss, impaired speech, and loss of some
motor function that would require future surgery.
According to the Attorney General, on June 3rd, One Fund officials
received a detailed and notarized claim from Gause, which included
several pages of purported medical records, indicating that she had been
hospitalized at the Boston Medical Center for two days, and thereafter
at the Albany Medical Center for ten days.
Based on the information contained in the claim and the attached
purported medical records, Gause's claim was approved for payment and
the money was subsequently sent to her in the end of June.
But the AG's office received a tip that Gause may not have been in
Boston during the Marathon Bombing in April. The investigation
determined that Gause was not a patient at Boston Medical Center on the
day of the bombing, nor was she a patient at Albany Medical Center at
the times she claimed.
The Troy Police Department said that she used old hospital documents from back when she had a leg injury.