NY woman accused of One Fund fraud appears in court
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A New York woman accused of cheating the One Fund out of nearly $500,000 appeared in court Friday. Police said the woman faked medical records to get the money.
Authorities accused 26-year-old Audrea Gause of stealing money from the real victims of the Boston Marathon. Police said she defrauded the One Fund Boston of nearly $500,000 by falsely claiming she suffered traumatic brain injury from the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.
Authorities said the One Fund gave Gause a check for $480,000 after she submitted a false claim, which said she had been treated at Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center. Authorities also said they learned she had given $377,000 of that money to a contractor for a new home.
Another One Fund fraud suspect from Boston was also in court Friday. Police said 22-year-old Branden Mattier was caught trying to collect $2 million when he falsely claimed his aunt had lost his leg in the bombing. The judge denied his request to reduce his $20,000 cash bail.
The attorney general said all the money they stole has been frozen in an account and the attorney general is still in the process of recovering it.