Nashua woman accused of stealing money raised for dead woman
A 26-year-old Nashua woman was arrested and charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing money that she had collected through crowdfunding service GoFundMe for someone’s funeral, police confirmed.
Krystal Gentley, a resident of 36 Lovell St. was taken into custody last Friday after Sheila Fauteux complained that she stole money donated by several people for the funeral of her daughter.
Sheila Fauteux’s 26-year-old daughter Tabitha Fauteux died last November during a work trip in California. Gentley, who was a former roommate of the victim, approached Sheila Fauteux and told her that she had created a GoFundMe page to help the family get the victim’s body back from California and pay for her funeral.
But whenever the mother tried to get the money, Gentley would either make excuses or refuse to take her phone calls. When she contacted the GoFundMe site, they found that the account had been closed after generating more than $5,300.
Speaking on the topic, the grieving mother said, “You gotta be careful who you really trust. I never thought she would have done this to not only us but to Tabitha. Tabitha just passed and pretty much 12 hours later, she opened a GoFund me, and she knew what she was doing. And that's what hurts.”
Police arrested Gentley and charged her with theft by deception. Currently, she is out of prison in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Her arraignment is set for May 17, 2016.
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