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New York Woman Indicted In Fake Sandy Hook Fundraising Scheme

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File photo of a memorial for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of a memorial for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport has indicted the New York woman arrested last month on charges of lying to investigators investigating a fraudulent fundraising scheme  using the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

The indictment charges that 37-year-old Nouel Alba falsely claimed to be an aunt of one of the children killed in the shooting,  and through telephone calls, text messages and her Facebook account,  solicited donations,  claiming the money was for the child’s funeral.  Instead the money went to a PayPal account she controlled,  and when the FBI investigated,  she falsely claimed she had not posted the information,  and had not accessed the money.  (Click here to view the indictment)

If convicted,  she could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined a quarter million dollars.

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