AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A woman who tried to cash in on the Aurora theater shooting has been sentenced to jail.
Katie Peroni set up a fund and collected donations for a fictitious victim of the July 20 shootings at the Century 16 Theater.
Peroni, 19, claimed she was the caretaker for the child of a shooting victim. Those involved with helping the real victims became suspicious and called police in Aurora.
The judge told Peroni, “You took advantage of the biggest tragedy that has occurred in this state.”
The judge also said her actions diverted resources from those who really needed help.
Peroni pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
She posted a solicitation for contributions on the “indiegogo” website. It stated “KPeroni.. friend of Monica.. wounded.”
In the post she explained the Monica was shot in the theater and her daughter had a birthday quickly approaching and needed presents since her mother was injured.
Peroni received dolls, coloring books, diapers and $500.
But there was no victim named Monica and when confronted by police Peroni admitted it was a scam.
There was a similar posting on Facebook by Peroni.
Peroni has a medical disorder. She told police she made up the story because she wanted someone to care about her.
James Holmes has been charged in the July 20 shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured.