Woman Faked Relation to Shooting Victim for Donations?

The FBI says a New York woman pretended to be the aunt of a child killed in the Newtown mass school shooting.

Woman Faked Relation to Shooting Victim for Donations? Photo (cc) by matsuyuki

The New York Times reports she was allegedly collecting for a “funeral fund.” The FBI’s response…

“It is unconscionable to think that the families of the victims in Newtown, and a sympathetic community looking to provide them some sort of financial support and comfort, have become the targets of criminals,” said Kimberly K. Mertz, the special agent in charge of the New Haven division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Today’s arrest is a stern message that the F.B.I. will investigate and bring to justice those who perpetrate Internet fund-raising scams, especially those scams that exploit the most vulnerable in their time of shared sorrow.”

She could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Brandon Ballenger
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