She raised $5,000 for a friend who died of a drug overdose -- what she did with it? Disgusting
Twenty-six-year-old Krystal Gentley, of Nashua, N.H., stands accused of raising cash for a dead friend's family under false pretenses, a uniquely scummy crime if all the charges stand.
Gentley created a GoFundMe campaign after her friend Tabatha Fauteux died suddenly of a drug overdose in November 2015 in Texas. That campaign, supposedly started to help offset the costs of shipping Fauteux's body back to New Hampshire and her subsequent cremation, raised as much as $5,300.
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But Gentley now faces felony charges of theft and deception after Fauteux's mother became suspicious. Gentley never showed up to the funeral, and Sheila Fauteux noticed.
"So that's when it gave me a funny feeling, and I told my husband something is not right," she told New Hampshire Union Leader.
Next, the family tried to withdraw the cash, but it was all gone.
The deceased's father was angry when he found out.
"I was angry. We were both very angry. To take advantage of a friend like that is not acceptable," Guy Fauteux said. "We brought Tabitha home and had a celebration of life. When it was time to close out the account, we found that it was already closed, and the money was spent."
"I feel bad for her if she is that desperate for money. Regardless of her actions, it will never bring my baby back. There is obviously something wrong with this girl—she must be fighting her own demons," he continued.
Gentley is currently out on bail, but could face 15 years in prison if convicted.
She and the deceased were described as "good friends" who "even lived together for while."
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