Gay-Rights Group Wants Donation Back From Hate Crime Hoax

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An Omaha gay-rights group is seeking the return of $1,800 donated to a Lincoln woman later convicted of lying about being attacked in her home by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin.

Beth Rigatuso, president of Heartland Pride, says the money was given to Charlie Rogers by donors at a candlelight vigil held on Rogers' behalf last July.

Rogers, a former Nebraska basketball player, had told police that three masked men broke into her house and assaulted her, but police say Rogers faked the attack.

She was ordered to repay more than $10,000 given to her. A probation officer distributed the money to donors and a Lincoln police charity, but the Omaha group says it didn't get its share.

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