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“Not Guilty” Plea In Sandy Hook Fundraising Hoax

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A New York city woman has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge that she made false statements to the government about an alleged scam linked to the Sandy Hook school massacre.

Nouel Alba made a brief appearance in federal court in Bridgeport on Thursday.
She declined to comment to reporters afterward.

She is accused of collecting money from donors by claiming to be the aunt of one of the children killed at the school in Newtown, Conn., in December.

In an affidavit unsealed Thursday, prosecutors detail Facebook Posts and text messages, including one to a donor in which Alba claimed to have met and cried with President Obama at a prayer service for the victims.

The document does not say how much money Alba allegedly collected.  Jury selection is set for March 13.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. )

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