Thursday 25 December 2014

Fraud accused linked to Sandy funds

Published 29/12/2012 | 19:20

Nouel Alba is accused of posing as a family member of one of the Sandy Hook victims to swindle money (AP)

A woman charged with trying to swindle donors by posing as a relative of a child killed in the Connecticut school massacre had allegedly also been soliciting money for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Nouel Alba was arrested on Thursday and accused of concocting bogus tales about having to identify her nephew's body in order to raise money for a "funeral fund" for the victims.

The New York Post reports that in the days after Sandy struck, Alba posted web messages claiming she had founded several charities to assist storm victims.

But the postings were filled with false claims, as well as an invalid tax-ID number for one organisation.

In an interview with CNN before her arrest, Alba denied being involved in any scam.

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