Two Women Charged With Falsely Claiming Injuries From Sugarland Concert Stage Collapse
December 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM (PT)
MARION COUNTY, IN prosecutors have charged two women for making false claims of being at the INDIANA STATE FAIR the night of a fatal stage collapse in an effort to collect from a victims’ fund. INDYSTAR.COM reports that STEPHANIE MURRY and SANDRA HURN of INDIANAPOLIS claimed to have suffered injuries from the collapse and both attempted to collect a total of $22,500 in payouts from the INDIANA STATE FAIR REMEMBRANCE FUND and the INDIANA TORT CLAIM FUND.
HURN collected a $7,500 check from the remembrance fund, while MURRY’s claim was denied by the STATE FAIR COMMISSION because her alleged injuries did not meet qualifications.
A spokeswoman for MARION COUNTY Prosecutor TERRY CURRY told the paper that investigators do not believe either woman was even at the AUG. 13 SUGARLAND concert. HURN faces a maximum of 36 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted of felony charges of forgery, perjury, theft and attempted theft. MURRY faces 14 years plus fines on felony charges of forgery, perjury and attempted theft.
"It is particularly troubling that individuals would attempt to illegally profit upon a tragedy such as the State Fair stage collapse," CURRY said in a statement. "We have zero tolerance for those who wish to gain at the misfortune of others.