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February 18, 2015

Tenn. Man Accused of Defrauding Donors to Sandy Hook Charity

A Nashville man who established a runners' group to aid those affected by the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been indicted on charges that he kept most of the money raised for himself, the Associated Press reports. Robert Bruce, the 34-year-old founder of the 26.4.26 Foundation, was arrested Friday after being indicted by a Connecticut grand jury on six counts of wire fraud. He was released on a $20,000 bond.

The foundation raised more than $100,000 by staging marathons in which participants dedicated each mile they ran to one of the 20 children and 6 teachers killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Connecticut and Tennessee authorities began investigating early last year after the organization's co-founder, Ryan Graney, went public with allegations about the missing money.