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Troy woman accused of scamming One Fund pleads not guilty


TROY, N.Y. - The Troy woman accused of pretending to be a victim of the Boston Marathon Bombings in order to collect nearly half a million dollars is back in court Wednesday.

Audrea Gause, 26, has pleaded not guilty of using fake medical records to claim $480,000 from the One Fund.

The records say she was treated at Boston Medical Center, as well as Albany Med, for traumatic brain injury she suffered in the April 15th bombings. 

She was arrested on July 19th and sent to Boston, where she was first arraigned in early August. Her charges included larceny and gross fraud charges, following a recent grand jury indictment.

The One Fund received a detailed and notarized claim from Gause, which included several pages of alleged medical records. Based on the information in the claim and the attached alleged medical records, Gause's claim was approved for payment and the money was then sent to her in the end of June.

However, prosecutors say it was all a lie and that most of the money she received was used to pay a contractor for a new house. An investigation also revealed Gause was not in Boston during the Marathon Bombing nor was she a patient in either hospital.

The Troy Police Department said that she used old hospital documents from back when she had a leg injury.



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