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Troy woman accused of defrauding One Fund Boston rejects plea deal

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BOSTON - The case of a Troy woman accused of defrauding the Boston Marathon bombing victim's fund continues.

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office said lawyers for Audrea Gause, 26, rejected a plea deal Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Gause used forged medical records, claiming a brain injury, to get the money from the "One Fund Boston". 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.

Gause was then accused of trying to use the money to get a local company to build her a new house.

No word on when her trial will start.

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