Bronx woman accused in Newtown tragedy scheme

The complaint against Nouel Alba, 37, alleges that Alba used her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to falsely claim to be a relative

Nouel Alba allegedly claimed to be the relative of a Newtown victim and solicited donations for a funeral fund via the Internet.

Nouel Alba allegedly claimed to be the relative of a Newtown victim and solicited donations for a funeral fund via the Internet. (12/27/12)

THE BRONX - A Bronx woman was arrested today on charges she lied to FBI agents investigating a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Newtown school shooting.

The complaint against Nouel Alba, 37, alleges that Alba used her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to falsely claim to be a relative of a shooting victim and solicited money from donors who wanted to contribute to a funeral fund. Donors then sent money to a PayPal account controlled by Alba.

After federal investigators contacted Alba, she stated that she did not post information related to Newtown on her Facebook account, solicit donations or recently access her PayPal account. She also claimed to have immediately refunded any donations that she received.

Alba appeared before a judge in Hartford today and was released on $50,000 bond. If convicted of making a false statement to federal agents, she faces a maximum term of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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