Go fund me question.

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  1. Nemesis.

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    A lady had a crisis and another lady started a go-fund-me account. The lady who started it told some people and the people donated.

    The account garnered some money but the lady in crisis never saw any money. But the lady who started the account started conspicuously buying some stuff. Somebody asked about the status of the account/money and the lady said the bank closed the account since it was only open for a specific period of time.

    Then the lady said the bank mailed a check but the check got lost and there's nothing anybody can do about it. The money's gone.

    My question is, is it a crime to open such an account under those circumstances and then just keep the money for oneself?
     
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    There are numerous examples of bad behavior with GoFundMe. I would think it would be a standard case of fraud.




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    Yes.

    Fraud by deception.
     
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    Whoever produced the lost check can void and reissue so that story is a load of crap but I am sure you already suspect a load of crap.




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  5. Kevinr20

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    Yeah. People have gotten themselves in jail for go fund me frauds.
     
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    GoFundMe has been known to reimburse people from their profits of proven fraud and deception using their website.



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    If the postal service is involved in any way, you bet.
     
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    Yes. I would guess in every state there is a statute that would cover it. In MA it's
    Larceny.
    The statute is long, but that's the most applicable part quoted.
    https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter266/Section30

    If the value exceeds $1200, it's felony. If not, it's a misdemeanor with a 1 year jail sentence. The dollar amount would be for the total, not each transaction. It's considered "larceny by single scheme".
    https://law.justia.com/cases/massachusetts/supreme-court/volumes/350/350mass83.html
     
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    Low down...
     
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    It's Fraud.
     
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    Not even necessary, since the internet is involved that automatically makes it federal wire fraud.
     
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    On a lesser scale, a local woman put collection cans all around town for a child who needed surgery. The family of the child never got a penny.
     
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    Sounds like a Job for Judge Judy
     
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    I get when people really need help.

    But this whole go fund me, throw a benefit, go to the food pantry crap gets annoying. Doesn’t anyone have any pride anymore. I’d spend every dime and charge up every credit card before I’d Lower myself.
     
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    This. One came across my news feed due to a mutual friend sharing it, and it was the usual begging for money for heat, rent, food, etc., and the photo of the "destitute one" was a mirror selfie with an Iphone I can't afford. HH
     
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