Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:11 PM
Omaha Steve (49,637 posts)
N.Y. woman arrested over Newtown massacre scam
Source: USA Today
The FBI on Thursday arrested a New York City woman for allegedly collecting fraudulent "funeral fund" donations for a child killed in the Newtown school massacre, claiming she was his aunt.
Nouel Alba, 37, of the Bronx, was charged with making false statements to federal agents. She appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Hartford, Conn., and was released on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, Alba could face a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI says Alba used her Facebook account, telephone and text messages to solicit donations for the "funeral fund" of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, the first to be buried of the 20 children and six educators slain Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The complaint states:
At ALBA's instruction, donor-victims sent money to a PayPal account controlled and accessed by ALBA. When contacted by FBI Special Agents investigating fundraising and charity scams related to the Newtown tragedy, ALBA falsely stated that she did not post information related to Newtown on her Facebook account, solicit donations or recently access her PayPal account. ALBA also falsely claimed to have immediately refunded any donations that she received.
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Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/27/newtown-sandy-hook-nouel-alba-arrested-donation-scam/1794713/
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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:05 PM
dixiegrrrrl (40,268 posts)
9. Stupid one at that.
Smart enough to think of the scheme and carry it out
but dumb enough to think that denying things she posted on her Facebook account would not be found out.