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Apr 4, 2016 7:49 PM

Family facing 'GoFundMe' scam while raising money for daughter's funeral speaks out

NASHUA - The family who lays victim to a "GoFundMe" scam while trying to raise money for their daughter's funeral services spoke out Monday.

Krystal Gentley, 26 of Nashua was arrested Friday for allegedly emptying a "GoFundMe" account she set up to help the Fauteux family with the costs of their daughter Tabitha's funeral. When Fauteax's family contacted GoFundMe, according to police, they were told the account had been closed and all the money was withdrawn.

READ: Nashua woman charged with emptying family's 'GoFundMe' funeral fund for daughter

Fauteax passed away last year unexpectedly, while her and Gentley were said to be friends. Within hours after her death, Gentley was accused of opening the account and failing to tell the family that she did so.

NH1 spoke with Fauteax's mother - Shelia Fauteax Monday.

"Sad…mad," Shelia said. "It wasn’t about the money, it was about using our daughter for your benefit."

Gentley has been charged with theft by deception - a felony, which is punishable up to 15 years behind bars. She is scheduled to be arraigned on May 17.

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