A woman was indicted this week for using her Facebook account, phone and text messages to falsely claim to be an aunt of a shooting victim in order to solicit donations for the Newtown School shooting child, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Nouel Alba, 37, of Bronx, New York, told people she was collecting money for the funeral of a child and supplied fictitious details about the aftermath of the tragedy, federal officials stated.
At Alba's instruction, donor-victims sent money to a PayPal account controlled and accessed by Alba.
The indictment further alleges that, when contacted by FBI special agents investigating fundraising and charity scams related to the Newtown school shooting, Alba falsely stated that she did not post information related to Newtown on her Facebook account or contacted anyone about such postings, or recently accessed her PayPal account, stated federal officials.
Alba was charged with making false statements and could get up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, authorities stated.
"Investigators continue to monitor the Internet to uncover other fundraising scams arising from this tragedy, and any individuals who attempt to profit through these schemes will be prosecuted," stated U.S. Attorney David Fein.