WHITESBORO - Police have charged a woman with attempt to defraud after she allegedly took money that was intended to be used to cover funeral expenses.
Sargeant Jason Buley of the Whitesboro Police Department says although it took months they believe they are bringing justice to a family who had fallen on hard times. Amy Morrissey passed away from leukemia last July, and it was her "friend" that police say organized a YouCaring account to pay for funeral expenses.
Sergeant Buley says, "The person that did arrange this did forward a thousand dollar check to the person that was supposed to receive the money but never received it."
When Amy's family had asked where the rest of the money was, police say Rochelle Bulinski couldn't give them an answer, as a result, a complaint was filed to police, who later questioned her about where those funds ended up going.
"They ultimately were not cooperative in answering our questions but at that point we were able to charge them accordingly."
Police are not releasing how much money was taken, but are advising anyone who donates through YouCaring or GoFundMe pages to do so using smaller amounts to avoid being taken by a scheme.
"That's the last the last circumstance where you think anyone would want to take advantage of someone, unfortunately sometimes its the other way around. That's when people do take advantage, and when people need it the most. It's sad. It's troubling."
Bulinski has been charged with a class E felony for attempt to defraud. She was issued an appearance ticket and will appear again in court at a later date.
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