Couple Accused in GoFundMe Scam Arrested Again
Two Brooklyn residents have been arrested for the second time in an alleged charity scam affecting a Rossville family. That's the latest development in a story NY1 first brought you a couple of weeks ago.
The family of Gianni Incandela, 5, who has a brain tumor, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his radiation treatment. They found out another family was using Gianni's picture to collect money without permission. Lynbrook, Long Island Police arrested Britney Schmidt, 30, and Vincent Fina, 29, for the first time a few weeks ago after we first reported the story.
The Nassau County District Attorney’s office says the couple was arrested again Monday because other alleged scam victims came forward.
The two are charged with first-degree Scheme to Defraud and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. They were conditionally released to probation and are due back in court April 17th.
They face up to four years in prison if convicted.
Anyone who thinks they may have been scammed by the couple is asked to call police.
To donate to Gianni's cause, gofundme.com/fighthardsmilebig.
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