TROY, N.Y. – A Troy woman accused of stealing $480,000 from The One Fund set up for the Boston Marathon victims appeared in Troy City Court Tuesday morning.
Audrea Gause, 26, decided not to waive extradition during a hearing Tuesday, and will remain in Rensselaer County. If Gause waived her extradition right, she would have been turned over to the custody of Massachusetts Police to face the larceny charges. She could change her mind at any time and another court date has been set for August 20.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Gause was arrested July 19 on a felony Massachusetts fugitive warrant. Gause is also charged with felony grand larceny of more than $250,000.
The AG’s investigation revealed that on June 3, One Fund officials received a detailed and notarized claim from Gause, which included several pages of purported medical records, indicating that she had been hospitalized at the Boston Medical Center for two days, and thereafter received treatment at Albany Medical Center for ten days.
The claim allegedly said that Gause sustained a brain injury from the Boston Marathon bombing and experienced long-term memory loss, impaired speech and loss of some motor function that would require future surgery.
Based on the information contained in the claim and the attached purported medical records, Gause’s claim was approved for payment and the money was subsequently sent to her at the end of June.
Last week, the AG’s office received information that Gause may not have been in Boston during the Marathon Bombing. The investigation determined that Gause was not a patient at Boston Medical Center on the day of the bombing, nor was she a patient at Albany Medical Center at the times she claimed.
As a result of this information, investigators took immediate steps to secure the funds for return to The One Fund.
Gause was arraigned in Troy City Court July 19, and the Troy Police Department said in court that she used old hospital documents from a previous leg injury.
Police tell NEWS10 that Gause set up an account at a local bank and attempted to withdraw $400,000 in cash. She was able to get $370,000, and then went to a builder in Clifton Park to have a house built.
Gause was being held in Rensselaer County Jail without bail and is being represented by a public defender.