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NY woman accused of posing as Marathon victim

The Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published July 19. 2013 3:00PM   Updated July 19. 2013 3:18PM

BOSTON — Massachusetts authorities say a New York woman fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says 26-year-old Audrea Gause of Troy, N.Y., was arrested there Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny.

Coakley says Gause submitted a claim to the fund, including false medical records indicating she was treated at hospitals in Boston and in New York for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings. She received a $480,000 check from the fund.

Coakley says authorities got a tip last week that Gause may not have been in Boston on the day of the marathon, and the hospitals later said they didn't treat her.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Gause has an attorney.

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