TROY, N.Y. (WWLP) - A woman from Upstate New York falsely claimed that she had a traumatic brain injury during the Boston Marathon bombing, and collected $480,000 from the fund designed to help the victims, Attorney General Martha Coakley says.
Andrea Gause, 26, of Troy, New York was arrested Friday afternoon on a fugitive warrant, and is being charged with larceny over $250.
According to Coakley, Gause had filed a claim with The One Fund Boston, alleging that her injuries sustained during the bombing would cause her to suffer memory loss, impaired speech, and loss of motor function. Gause provided detailed medical records showing that she had been in Boston Medical Center for three days, and Albany Medical Center for another 10. The One Fund certified her claim at the end of the month.
The AG's office began investigating last week, though, when they received information that Gause may not have even been in Boston at the time of the bombing. That investigation revealed that Gause had not been a patient at either Boston Medical Center or Albany Medical Center at the times claimed.
"By doing this, she was stealing money from the real victims of the Marathon bombing, and from the people that gave so generously to help them," Coakley said.
Investigators are now working to restore the money back to The One Fund. Meanwhile, all claims to The One Fund are undergoing review by the Attorney General's Office.