NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Bronx woman has been charged with fraud for posing as the aunt of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim and soliciting donations, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
A grand jury indicted Nouel Alba, 37, on scheme to defraud and identity theft charges, prosecutors said. Bail was set at $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash.
As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, Alba had already been hit with federal charges but was indicted again, this time on state charges.
Prosecutors said she pretended to be the aunt of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner and used her Facebook and PayPal accounts along with telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a “funeral fund.”