Sunday, May 20, 2018

N.Y. woman accused of scam in name of Conn. victim

HARTFORD, Conn. — A New York City woman tried to scam donors by posing as the aunt of a child killed in the Connecticut elementary school massacre, federal authorities said Thursday.

Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested Thursday and accused of using her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a "funeral fund." She told one donor she had to enter the scene of the mass shooting in Newtown to identify her nephew, according to the criminal complaint.

Alba is charged with lying to FBI agents investigating charity scams related to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, where a gunman killed 26 people Dec. 14.

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