She’s Being Accused Of Stealing Money From Her Dead Friend’s Fundraising
Guy and Sheila Fauteux’s life was shattered when they learned that their 26-year-old daughter, Tabatha, had died last fall.
The Fauteux family began arranging a funeral that was to celebrate the life of Tabatha in New Hampshire, where Tabatha’s family resided. One of Tabatha’s long-time friends, Krystal Gentley, offered to set up a GoFundMe account that was to help with the transporting Tabatha Fauteux’s body back to the East Coast to her parents, as well as cremation.
Friends and family members donated to the fund.
“I said, ‘This has been a blessing that you’ve done this,’ ” Fauteux said.
However, when the celebration of life event for their daughter took place, Gentley was entirely absent, when she was the one expected to attend.
Afterwards, Fauteux said she had trouble getting in touch with Gentley, who kept avoiding her and dodging her calls.
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After not receiving any type of the promised financial help, the Fauteux family decided to go to the police.
“I said, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t allow her to get away with that,’ ” Fauteux said.
The Fauteux family got in touch with GoFundMe about the account, where they learned that it had been closed and that all the money was gone.
“It’s not the money,” Sheila Fauteux told The Post, “it’s betraying Tabatha, who wasn’t here to stand up for herself.”
Gentley, 26, now stands accused of theft by deception, a felony that can land her 15 years in prison.
“I was angry; we were both very angry. To take advantage of a friend like that is not acceptable.” – Guy Fauteux
Police are estimating that Gentley pocketed about $5,400.
“You can’t go any lower in life, I think, than to do something like that, that was the lowest. It just made it harder, it made things go deeper than deep. They were already at their saddest point, but to do what she did was even deeper.” – Sheila Fauteux
Article: Washington Post