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Accused Boston Marathon Bombing Swindler Faces Court Hearing

BOSTON (AP) — The case of a New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the Boston Marathon bombing victims fund is heading back to court this week.

Prosecutors said Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy got a $480,000 check from the One Fund after using faked medical records to claim she was treated at Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., for traumatic brain injury suffered in the April 15 bombings.

Gause has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is facing a hearing on her case on Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Authorities said they got a tip she may not have been in Boston that day and the hospitals said they didn’t treat her.

Prosecutors have said Gause used $377,500 of the money to pay a contractor for a new house.

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