From Newsroom America:
(Newsroom America) — Nouel Alba, 37, of Bronx, New York, has pleaded guilty to engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy and lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.
According to court documents, shortly after the shooting that claimed 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14, 2012, Alba used Facebook, e-mail, text messages, and telephone calls to falsely claim to be the aunt of a child killed in the shooting.
She supplied fictitious details about the aftermath of the shooting in order to solicit donations on the pretext that she was collecting for a “funeral fund” on behalf of the child’s family and the families of other shooting victims.
As part of the scheme, Alba also e-mailed Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA officers and then touted her fictional personal relationship with the PTA to support her false claim and induce donors to send her money. At Alba’s instruction, donor-victims sent money to her PayPal account.