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Woman accused of defrauding Marathon bombing victims' fund appears in court

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Andrea Gause, 26, the Troy woman who is accussed of fradulently collecting $480,000 from The One Fund Boston, appeared in Troy Police Court this morning before Judge Meier. Gause claimed she suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the bombing. The One Fund Boston is a foundation that provides assistance for victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. “We allege that this defendant defrauded The One Fund Boston of $480,000,” Massachusetts Attorney ...

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July 19, 2013
5:11 p.m.

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And nobody was smart enough to verify with the hospitals before giving out a half million dollars?

July 20, 2013
8:27 a.m.

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Yeah, it seemed way too easy for her to pull this off. In fact, on another news outlet it said she contacted either a home builder or real estate agent with a bag of cash and tried to obtain a new home. If true, you have to wonder how someone that "unsophisticated" was able to pull this off.

July 20, 2013
3:14 p.m.

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I read the homebuilder accepted the cash. $375,000 or so in bag. It is tougher to take out a loan these days...

July 21, 2013
10:44 a.m.

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How is it this is so common? How is there no verification required? It seems as it its more difficult to access funds in your own personal bank account than from charities.