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Accused One Fund scammer fights extradition

N.Y. woman charged in scam

Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y., was led into court on Friday, July 19, 2013.

J.S.Carras/The Record, via AP

Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y., was led into court on Friday, July 19, 2013.

The New York woman accused of defrauding The One Fund Boston of almost half a million dollars has refused extradition to Massachusetts but will remain in custody without bail.

At a court hearing Tuesday in Troy, N.Y., Audrea Gause declined to waive her right to an extradition hearing, which was scheduled for Aug. 20. Gause, 26, was arrested Friday on a fugitive warrant on larceny charges.

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The Massachusetts attorney general’s office said it will seek a governor’s warrant — a formal request from Governor Deval Patrick to Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York — to extradite Gause. Richard McNally, the Rensselaer County district attorney, said that process could take some time.

“She's going to go back there eventually, but it can take a while,” he said. Gause’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gause is charged with using falsified medical records to defraud One Fund. She claimed that she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and had experienced long-term memory loss, impaired speech, and some loss of motor function.

After receiving a tip, investigators with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office determined she had not been injured in the attacks.

“We have determined there is no evidence that Ms. Gause was an actual victim of the bombing or that the evidence that she submitted on behalf of her claim was anything but false and doctored,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

Gause received $480,000 from One Fund, and this month paid $377,000 for a new custom home in Clifton Park, N.Y. Authorities say the home building company has agreed to return the money to One Fund.

Coakley said one or two other individuals may have been involved in the alleged scam.

Investigators are now reviewing all One Fund claims.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.
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