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Woman Accused of Sandy Hook Fraud Indicted for Lying to FBI

The Bronx-based woman was previously arrested for pretending to be a Sandy Hook victim's relative and soliciting funds via Facebook, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

 

While reaction to the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to  officials warn it has also led to some attempted cases of fraud.

A Bronx woman was indicted for lying to federal agents Tuesday in a case that originated when she allegedly operated a phone and internet scam claiming to be the relative of a Sandy Hook victim, according to reports from Connecticut District Attorney David Fein.

According to the indictment, when FBI special agents came to investigate Nouel Alba, 37, she denied any involvement with the Facebook-based scam. Alba allegedly told potential marks she was a victim's aunt, and solicited "donations" to a Paypal account in the name of a "funeral fund."

"Investigators continue to monitor the Internet to uncover other fundraising scams arising from this tragedy," said Fein. "[A]ny individuals who attempt to profit through these schemes will be prosecuted." 

Alba is charged with one count of making false statements to federal agents -- a crime which could warrant up to five years in jail and fines of up to $250,000 -- on top of her existing criminal charges, dating back to December 27, 2012.

 “It is unconscionable to think that the families of the victims in Newtown, and a sympathetic community looking to provide them some sort of financial support and comfort, have become the targets of criminals,” said FBI agent Kimberly Mertz, in charge of the case.

The FBI asks anyone with knowledge of Newtown-related fundraising fraud to contact their Connecticut office at 203-777-6311.

Victoria January 16, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Lock her up & throw the keys away!! She is a disgusting poor excuse of a human being!!
PETER A. January 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM
NO ASSAULT RIFLE WAS USED AT SANDY HOOK! THAT MEANS THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SHOULD ALSO BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FRAUD.
John Livermore January 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Yes sir! Most of them should be! The news media should all be rounded up for lying and the crimes they committed during this. The President should be arrested for USING THE KIDS POLITICAL PAWNS IN THIS TRAGEDY. Its disgusting that the parents, the President and the media are using these kids as a Political Stump for an Agenda against a squirrel rifle. It makes me sick to see them used like this!
The Pope of Wisconsin January 28, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Do yourselves a favor an turn off the TV for news. Do not put your trust in an over-caffeinated teleprompter-reading info babe for the truth. Look elsewhere.
Tom January 28, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Trust in Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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