Woman who sets up charity fraud is indictment Tuesday

On December 14, 2012 a 20-year-old gunman shot and killed 26 persons, 20 of which were students between the ages of 6-7, at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman subsequently kill himself.

Nouel Alba, age 37, is being accused of a charity scam in connection with the Connecticut school mass shooting and was indicted Tuesday on a charge of making false statements to the FBI.

Alba allegedly used her Facebook account, make telephone calls, and sent text messages falsely portraying herself to be the aunt of a shooting victim. Alba provided fictitious details about the tragedy and the effects it has had on her in an effort to further to solicit donations.

FBI agents began to investigate charity scams and Alba was contacted where she “falsely stated that she did not post information related to Newtown on her Facebook account, have contact with anyone about such postings, or recently access her PayPal account,” the prosecutor’s office said.

The count Alba is charged with carries a maximum term of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.