Woman who skipped out on sentence in state fair stage rigging collapse scam back in custody

Woman never reported at Community Corrections

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman who pleaded guilty to taking money meant for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse is back behind bars after skipping out on her sentence, prosecutors said.

Stephanie Murry, 26, falsified hospital records and submitted claims to both the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund, claiming she was injured when the rigging above the stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds collapsed before the Sugarland concert Aug. 13, 2011, killing seven people and injuring dozens of others.

Murry's claim with the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund was denied, but she was given $2,900 from the Indiana Tort Claim Fund. She was arrested shortly after receiving the check.

As part of a plea deal, Murry pleaded guilty to one count of forgery and one count of perjury in exchange for four years on work release, one year on probation and community service.

She was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5, but she never reported to Community Corrections back on Aug. 27, prosecutors said, prompting a warrant to be issued for her arrest.

Murry surrendered Saturday night. She was being held without bond at the Marion County Jail.

The plea deal is likely off the table. No new hearing date has been set.

Murry's aunt, Sandra Hurn, 38, claimed to be an 11-year-old girl who had been trampled by crowds fleeing the collapsed rigging. She was given $7,500 check from the remembrance fund.

She pleaded guilty to one count of forgery and one count of possession of a controlled substance in exchange for two years on home detention and three years on probation.

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