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Boston woman charged with marathon injury fraud

March 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston woman is going to court to defend herself against charges of fraudulently receiving tens of thousands of dollars in benefits by claiming she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Joanna Leigh is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of larceny and making a false claim to a government agency.

Prosecutors say she received $8,000 from The One Fund, the charity established to help bombing victims; $18,000 from a state victims’ compensation fund; $9,000 from an online fundraiser; and $1,700 raised by students at a Boston school.

Authorities say she was at the marathon in April 2013, but wasn’t hurt.

The 41-year-old Leigh says she suffered traumatic brain injuries, and the charges are retaliation for her criticism of The One Fund for not helping people with brain injuries.

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