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New York City Woman Faces Fraud Charges In Connection With School Shooting

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Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) _ New York City prosecutors say a woman has been charged with fraud for posing as the aunt of a Connecticut school shooting victim and soliciting donations.

Nouel Alba was indicted Tuesday on identity theft and fraud charges in the Bronx.

Prosecutors say she pretended to be the aunt of 6-year-old victim Noah Ponzer. She was accused of using her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a “funeral fund.”

Alba was first arrested in December on charges she lied to federal officials about the case.

Her lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, killing 20 children and six adults.

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