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Woman Gets Up To 3 Years In Prison For Stealing $480,000 From One Fund

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Audrea Gause in Boston Municipal Court, Aug. 2, 2013 (WBZ-TV)

Audrea Gause in Boston Municipal Court, Aug. 2, 2013 (WBZ-TV)

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BOSTON (AP) — A New York woman has been sentenced to 2½ to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $480,000 from the charity established to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Prosecutors say Audrea Gause gave most of the money she received from the One Fund to a contractor to build a new house. They asked for four to five years.

A judge granted a defense request for the lower sentence Tuesday after Gause pleaded guilty to larceny over $250.

Prosecutors say the Troy, New York woman falsified medical records to claim she suffered a traumatic brain injury in the bombing.

Homemade pressure cooker bombs placed near the finish line in April 2103 killed three and injured more than 260.

Gause’s lawyer did not immediately return a call.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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