A New York woman who allegedly faked a relationship to one of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in order to solicit donations is now facing both state and federal charges.
Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with one count each first-degree scheme to defraud and second-degree identity theft, said a release from the Bronx County District Attorney.
Alba was charged in federal court in January with one count of making false statements to federal agents.
Shortly after the Dec. 14 shooting, Alba allegedly posted on her Facebook account falsely claiming to be an aunt of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner and soliciting donations to help pay for funeral expenses. Donations were to be sent to a specific Paypal account, the District Attorney said.
Between Dec. 14 and Dec. 20, four donations totaling $240 were sent to the account, the District Attorney said.
Alba was arrested at her home Tuesday morning, the District Attorney said. She was arraigned in New York State Supreme Court where a judge set bail at $10,000.
Both of the charges against Alba are class E felony offenses punishable by a maximum sentence of up to four years in prison, the District Attorney said.