A 26-year-old New York woman charged with defrauding nearly a half-million dollars from One Fund Boston, the fund set up for Boston Marathon victims, was ordered held on $200,000 bail today during an arraignment in Boston Municipal Court.
Audrea Gause of Troy, N.Y., allegedly received $480,000 from the fund after she filed a claim saying she suffered traumatic brain injury during the bombings.
Prosecutors said Gause falsified medical documents showing she was admitted to Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.
She was never treated at either hospital, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.
“She has absolutely zero ties to the Commonwealth, to Boston, and anywhere else in Massachusetts,” said Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta during Gause’s arraignment.
Gause and another individual were seen on surveillance video withdrawing $377,500 from a bank in New York July 12 and dropping it off at a home construction company as payment for a new house, Masotta said.
Masotta said almost all the allegedly stolen funds were frozen and are in the process of being returned.
Gause has been arrested or charged on 15 separate similar offenses since 2005, including larceny, forgery, and possession of stolen property, Masotta said.
She said Gause was convicted in September 2008 for possession of stolen property and possession of a forged instrument.
Gause did not speak during the arraignment and kept her eyes mostly to the ground.
Gause’s attorney, John Hayes, said she is a married mother of two who has received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany in biology and medical sciences.
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