Linden Woman Charged With Filing Fraudulent Claim To Boston Marathon Charity

Iris Gamble (Photo courtesy of Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Iris Gamble (Photo courtesy of Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

LINDEN — A New Jersey woman was charged earlier this week after an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that she allegedly attempted to defraud a charity established in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, announced Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Iris Gamble, 44, of  Linden is charged with submitting a fraudulent claim and documents to the One Fund Boston 2013, a 501(c)(3) status charity set up to assist the victims of the April 15 bombings.

According to an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Prosecution Unit, on or about June 11, Gamble allegedly submitted an application to the fund claiming that she was in Boston on the day of the bombings and was injured. She was seeking monetary damages for injuries she claimed to sustain and was later treated for in a Newark, NJ hospital, said Park.

Due to a number of irregularities and misspellings in the paper work, the application was flagged and the case was forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

“Our investigation revealed that the defendant was not in Boston on the day of the bombings,” said Park. “The defendant wasted little time in trying to profit from the generosity and kindness of others.”

Gamble is charged with third degree attempted theft by deception, fourth degree fraud, and fourth degree creating fraudulent documents. She was served with the complaint at her home on Thursday, Aug. 8, and a first court appearance is scheduled for next week in Union County Superior Court.

These charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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