Police claim the Clarksville woman bought passes to Kentucky Kingdom, bought food at Subway, bought herself shoes, paid her phone bill and laid bets at the Horseshoe Casino. None of that is criminal, of course, but police do claim the money she used was allegedly stolen from a fund she had created to help pay for the funeral of a friend's teenage son.
According to a Clarksville Police Department spokesperson, the fund was set up last year, weeks before the death of the 14-year-old of an autoimmune disease. Instead of giving the donated money to the family, the woman spent it on herself, police say. She has been charged with theft and deception.
Police told a TV station that the woman took $2,248 from the GoFundMe account she reportedly created online.
In Tennessee, the punishment for a conviction of theft of property worth less than $500 can mean up to a year in jail. If the property taken is valued between $500 to $1,000, the punishment escalates, too: up to six years in prison. And if the property stolen is worth between $1,000 and $10,000, the crime is considered a class D felony. A conviction could mean 12 years in prison.
Clearly, the most serious defense possible is called for in situations such as these. While a TV reporter might portray a defendant as heartless and dishonest, carefully scrutinized evidence can sometimes tell a different story.
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