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Two People Charged With Making False Claims After Stage Collapse


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Back in August, Sugarland was preparing to take the stage at the Indiana State Fair when the unthinkable happened.  The huge stage and all it’s rigging collapsed, killing seven and injuring many more. As if that isn’t bad enough, now, it seems, there are some scavengers trying to cash in on the misfortune of others.

According to CMT Daily Roundup, authorities in Indianapolis have charged two local women with filing false claims in a scheme to collect money intended for victims of the stage collapse prior to Sugarland’s August 13th performance at the Indiana State Fair. The Indianapolis Star reports 25-year-old Stephanie Murry and 38-year-old Sandra Hurn sought to collect money from the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund. Neither woman is believed to have attended the concert. Seven people died and more than 50 others were injured after high winds hit the midway area and caused the stage scaffolding to collapse. Citing injuries sustained, Murry and Hurn submitted claims for total compensation of $22,500. Hurn initially collected a $7,500 check from the remembrance fund, but Murry’s claim was denied by the State Fair Commission. Hurn was arrested on felony charges of forgery, perjury, theft and attempted theft. If convicted, she could receive a maximum of 36 years in prison. Murry faces a maximum of 14 years in prison.


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