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Nouel Alba, New York Woman, Pleads Guilty To Newtown Charity Scam

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A New York City woman has pleaded guilty to engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme in which she posed as the aunt of a Newtown school shooting victim.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Nouel Alba, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty Thursday in Bridgeport, Conn., to wire fraud and making false statements.

A gunman killed 20 children and six educators inside a Newtown, Conn., school on Dec. 14.

Shortly afterward, authorities say, Alba used Facebook, email, text messages and telephone calls to falsely claim to be the aunt of Noah Pozner who had been killed and made up details about the aftermath of the shooting to solicit donations for a "funeral fund."

Prosecutors say she also lied to FBI agents about her activities.

Alba is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29.

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