Black Woman, Audrea Gause Defrauded Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Fund

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A New York woman has been caught after using fake hospital records to pose as a Boston Marathon bombing victim with a brain injury and fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims.

Audrea Gause, 26, was arrested in her hometown of Troy, New York on Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny.

Gause submitted a claim to the fund last month, including several pages of false medical records indicating she was treated at hospitals in Boston and in New York for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

She received a $480,000 check from the fund, created to help victims of the April 15 attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Coakley said the claim alleged that Gause sustained a brain injury from the bombing and experienced long-term memory loss, impaired speech, and loss of some motor function that would require future surgery.

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