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Eight-Month Sentence In Sandy Hook Fraud

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(Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

(Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A New York City woman who posed as the aunt of a child killed in the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school last December has been sentenced to 8 months in prison.

Nouel Alba pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements.

The sentencing followed emotional testimony from Mark Mattioli, father of 6-year-old James Mattioli. He said Alba’s crimes were “immediate, intrusive, exploitative, disgusting and added to my feeling of victimization.”

Alba sought probation. Prosecutors said she deserved at least a year in prison.
Authorities say Alba made up details to solicit donations for a “funeral fund” on behalf of 6-year-old Noah Pozner’s family and the families of other victims of the shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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