Woman Posed as Boston Victim, Scored $480K: Cops
Audrea Gause said she had brain injury
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
FILE This April 15, 2013 file photo shows medical workers aiding injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston following an explosion. If the Obama administration seeks the death...   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – A New York woman used fake hospital records to pose as a Boston Marathon bombing victim with a brain injury and fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims, Massachusetts authorities said yesterday. Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, NY, was arrested there on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said. Gause submitted a claim to the fund last month, including several pages of false medical records indicating she was treated at hospitals in Boston and in New York for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings, Coakley said.

Gause received a $480,000 check from the fund, created to help victims of the April 15 attacks. Coakley said the claim alleged that Gause sustained a brain injury from the bombing and experienced long-term memory loss, impaired speech, and loss of some motor function that would require future surgery. Based on the information, Gause's claim was approved for payment. Coakley said authorities got a tip last week that Gause may not have been in Boston on the day of the marathon, and the hospitals later said they didn't treat her.

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akellog
Jul 21, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
I just jumped in. Where did anyone see this woman's picture? I never saw her; it's not in this article unless I'm missing something. What the hell does it matter what her race is? Just read the story...she's a piece of dirt. Whoever first initiated race into this is a damn fool. And yes, people of all races are committing creepy, despicable acts that lack conscience. What about the firefighter who called in fires just so that his unit would leave the station so that he could rob them. Again, just the nature of the story screams low-life, regardless of his race. The problem with racial focus is that it clouds our logic and the stupid person inside of us (we all have one) rears his ugly head.
Vincebus
Jul 21, 2013 6:36 AM CDT
is there no lowness in the gutter, i mean sewer, to which they will go?
freedomafactor
Jul 20, 2013 7:45 PM CDT
We dont know victims profile, full family , friends , associates statements.He could be KGB Kremlin Putin ASSASSIN, and nobody ask a question? Since 1981 I experienced black kids ,from Vermont street gang, from 18 strest gang, even from city of Torrence, 90502 zip-sorry , those were latinos, not black. But down 227 th street, black kids again.( east of Western Av). What about LAPD - all races, RTD bus drivers- black man.There is over million KGB genocidal operatives in USA and nobody ask the ????