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Woman who gets playground grant charged with felonies

Identity theft and/or fraudulent identity can lead to a variety of illegal results that may violate New Hampshire and federal laws. Few of these cases contain mixed motives on the part of the identity thief, but one such scenario surfaced recently in New Hampshire when the Nashua police arrested a woman for the felonies of identity fraud and being a fugitive from justice. The accused allegedly masqueraded as a Harvard-trained grant writer in an attempt to access funds from the city of Nashua.

The authorities may have a hard time proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt because the only results of the woman's actions up to the date of the arrest is that she obtained a $30,000 grant to build a playground for disadvantaged children in Nashua. Up until her arrest, it was suggested by some that the playground be named after her. In addition, she never accessed or received any city funds. Indeed, she received no pay for preparing two grant applications for the city.

She used an alias while working with local nonprofit organizations, according to police statements. Authorities say that she is connected to a nationwide fraud scheme that occurred in 10 states over more than 10 years. However, they did not provide any details of what exactly that 10-year history of activities entailed. The city alleges that she did not follow normal protocols and that she was trying to obtain information on city financial accounts.

The city alleges that her scheme was revealed after she became belligerent and hostile when the city refused the account information, which prompted a police investigation. The police allege that they found that she had been using a false name for the past 12 years and was wanted on a warrant out of another state. She now faces up to 15 years in prison on the charged felonies under New Hampshire law if convicted. Defense counsel will focus on the fact that there is little evidence to indicate that she harbored any criminal intent in the matter, as proved by her success in getting a grant for a playground, and doing it gratuitously.

Source: unionleader.com, "Alleged con artist made new park for poor kids a reality says Nashua mayor", Kimberly Houghton, May 17, 2017

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