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Bail set at $200K for Troy woman accused of scamming a Boston Marathon victims fund
UPDATED: BOSTON --Troy mother of two, Audrea Gause, appeared emotionless at her arraignment in Boston Friday morning. She is accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
This morning, she pleaded not guilty to grand larceny.
The judge set bail for $200, 000, and according to the Mass. Attorney General office she could spend 2 to 5 years behind bars if convicted.
A Troy native, CBS6 has learned that Gause has an extensive criminal background in New York and North Carolina.
Evidence released by prosecutors Friday claims Gause had made 911 calls to report an accident with her son on the same day she claimed to be in the hospital with injuries.
According to the Mass. Attorney General, they are working to recover funds given to Gause. She is due back in court september 4th in Boston Municipal Court.
BOSTON (AP) -- A New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims is due in court.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's office says 26-year-old Audrea Gause of Troy is to be arraigned Friday morning in Boston Municipal Court on a larceny charge.
Gause had fought extradition from New York after her July 19 arrest. Her attorney said she denies any wrongdoing.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Gause got a $480,000 check from the fund after using faked medical records to claim she was treated at Boston and New York hospitals for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings. Authorities got a tip she may not have been in Boston that day and the hospitals said they didn't treat her.
Authorities are trying to recover the money.