LARIMER COUNTY — A 45-year-old woman is facing theft and fraud charges for collecting thousands of dollars to pay for medical conditions she didn’t have, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Kristin Eagle was arrested in Loveland on September 14 and booked into the Larimer County Jail following an investigation into fraudulent acts dating back to 2015.
In July 2017, the sheriff’s office received a report from a man who felt that he and others were being scammed by Eagle.
Investigators learned Eagle told friends and acquaintances she had serious medical conditions resulting in unpaid medical bills and an inability to pay for living expenses.
Community members rallied to help Eagle by giving her nearly $20,000 through organizing fundraising events and creating GoFundMe accounts, the sheriff’s office said.
GoFundMe sent the following statement to 9NEWS, along with a link to where donors to Kristin Eagle's campaign can request a refund:
"The GoFundMe platform is fully protected by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, GoFundMe users are protected. You can learn more about that here: gofundme.com/guarantee
In this case, donors to Kristin Eagle's campaign can request a refund here.
Additionally, GoFundMe is in contact with law enforcement and will assist with this investigation in any way that is helpful."
Eagle is also accused of using her medical condition as a ploy to gain access to other people’s bank accounts. In all, investigators believe Eagle took more than $100,000 without permission from those accounts.
Investigators later learned that Eagle was not suffering from any of the medical conditions she claimed. The sheriff’s office believes her fraudulent acts date back to 2015.
Eagle is now facing charges for theft, identify theft, charitable fraud, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and forgery. Her bond was set at $10,000.
Anyone who believes they were a victim of Eagle is asked to contact Investigator Jacki Hurley at 970-498-5166.