2 Women Charged with Faking Stage Collapse Claims

Prosecutors say neither woman is believed to have attended the concert

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:21 AM CDT
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Stephanie Murry and Sandra Hurn

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Prosecutors have charged two Indianapolis women with making false claims to try to collect money from funds intended for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Murry and Sandra Hurn were charged Tuesday with forgery, attempted theft and perjury. Hurn also was charged with theft.

Authorities say the women each submitted claims totaling $22,500 to a private relief fund and the state tort claim fund.

Prosecutors say both women submitted falsified hospital records detailing injuries they claimed to have suffered at the Aug. 13 concert that killed seven people. A prosecutor's office spokeswoman says neither woman is believed to have attended the concert.

Murry's attorney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Hurn had no attorney or listed phone number.

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