Florida woman accused of stealing almost $12K from GoFundMe meant for 3 men killed on fishing trip
Added 09-28-20 01:25:03pm EST - “A Florida woman raised more than $11,000 for the families of three men who were killed on a fishing trip. Then, police say, she went shopping.” - Nydailynews.com
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A Florida woman raised more than $11,000 for the families of three men who were killed on a fishing trip. Then, police say, she went shopping.
Amanda Brown, 32, set up a GoFundMe in the names of Brandon Rollins, Damion Tillman and Keven Springfield, the three friends who were murdered in July, for “family expenses,” according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. More than 200 people donated, raising $11,915.
But Brown then withdrew the money in seven transactions between July 26 and Aug. 2, some as large as $8,756.42 and the smallest at just over $28. The money, police said, was used for personal expenses, including Brown’s bills and in-store purchases throughout central Florida.
“This woman exploited family members of three young men who were brutally murdered,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “While they were grieving, she used their personal information to solicit complete strangers to donate money to a fake GoFundMe account. It doesn’t get much lower than that. We are thrilled that GoFundMe is reimbursing all of the donated funds back to the generous donors who were swindled.”
After being tipped off to the GoFundMe, police confirmed with the families that they had nothing to do with the fundraiser.
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