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Crime Woman Who Started Fraudulent GoFundMe Campaign for Triple-Murder Victims Gets 3 Years in Prison

00:25  11 june  2021
00:25  11 june  2021 Source:   people.com

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— A Florida woman who set up a fraudulent GoFundMe account that promised to support the families of three friends murdered last July has been sentenced to three years in prison . Brown used the money on shopping sprees, sent herself money via PayPal and paid off her Frostproof utility bill of nearly ,400, according to a sheriff’s department investigation. “This is the worst kind of human conduct to try and profit from the horrible tragedy of a triple murder while taking advantage of wonderful people donating their hard-earned money to help those in distress,” Polk County Sheriff

A New Jersey woman faces four years in state prison for her role in scamming more than 0,000 from GoFundMe donors, claiming to be collecting money for a homeless man in Philadelphia. McClure and her then-boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, posted about the "good deed" on social media, including a picture of her with Bobbitt on a highway ramp. They also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the homeless man, saying they wanted to pay it forward to the good Samaritan and get him off the streets.

A Florida woman will spend three years in prison for setting up a fraudulent GoFundMe account for the families of three murder victims.

a person posing for the camera: Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook © Provided by People Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

Amanda Lynn Brown was sentenced late last month to three years in prison, PEOPLE confirms. She was also ordered to pay back the money she received.

Brown, 33, said she was raising money for the families of Kevin Springfield, Brandon Rollins and Damion Tillman - three friends who were beaten and shot while on a fishing trip last year.

WFLA-TV reports that she raised $11,915.

According to documents obtained by The Lakeland Ledger, Brown did not give money to any of the victims' families. Instead, police say she used the funds to go on shopping sprees, send herself cash via Paypal and pay her utility bills.

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While most GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns have raised millions of dollars for worthy causes, a few haven't had the purest intentions. Turns out some people who set up fundraising pages are just looking to leverage a fabricated sob story to get rich quick — often with devastating consequences. She plead guilty to child neglect or endangerment causing substantial mental harm and was sentenced to five to 12.5 years in prison . A GoFundMe spokesperson told AP News that the donors would be refunded.

a person posing for the camera: Amanda Lynn Brown, 33, allegedly used the money for shopping sprees, cash advances and monthly bills © Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook Amanda Lynn Brown, 33, allegedly used the money for shopping sprees, cash advances and monthly bills

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Police first learned about the fraudulent accounts when they were contacted by the victims' family members.

"Our detectives got contacted by some family and friends of the deceased and said 'Hey wait a minute. We didn't open this GoFundMe account. We don't know anything about it and we certainly haven't gotten any money from it,'" Polk County Sheriff's Office Chief Steve Lester told WFLA.

Brown was found guilty last month and sentenced to prison. She made no statements at her sentencing.

"I hope she thinks about what she has done," Rollins' mother, Dottie Payton, tells the Lakeland Ledger, "and thinks about what she's done to her family."

PEOPLE confirms that Brown is at the Polk County Jail. She faces unrelated drug charges.

An attorney for Brown did not respond to a request for comment.

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