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November 16, 2015

Boston Woman Admits to Hoaxing Marathon Bombing Charity

A woman who publicly criticized the One Fund Boston over its payouts to people who suffered brain injuries in the Boston Marathon blasts pleaded guilty Friday to stealing nearly $40,000 from it and other sources of funding for victims by faking such an injury, The Boston Globe reports. Joanna Leigh, 41, was given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of community service and pay restitution after admitting in Suffolk County Superior Court to five counts of larceny and a charge of making a false claim to a government agency.

Claiming to have suffered a traumatic brain injury, Ms. Leigh collected $8,000 from the One Fund and $30,500 from other philanthropic and state efforts to assist those directly affected by the twin April 2013 blasts. Authorities determined that she was more than a block from the bombing site and was not significantly harmed. Prior to her March 2015 arrest, Ms. Leigh was among claimants who said the One Fund shortchanged victims with brain injuries in its disbursement of $80 million in donations.