10:46 AM EST, December 28, 2011
A State Fair stage collapse victim spoke out Wednesday, after two women were accused of trying to fraudulently collect money from the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund.
Stephanie Murry and Sandra Hurn are accused of falsifying hospital records in an effort to collect money from both funds.
Maggie Mullins' mother, Laura Magdziarz, released the following statement:
"To the women who filed false claims regarding the Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse:
"I know your names, but do not feel you deserve the respect to be called by name. I am Maggie Mullins' mom, the little girl in the pink tutu who almost lost her life that tragic night. Her life was saved, as well as many others because of the kindness of strangers. While people were helping others and saving lives, you were planning on how you could profit from this mass casualty. Shame on you. Seven lives were lost that night. Many others were severely injured and the horrific images seen will never be forgotten.
"You weren’t even there, yet you had the nerve to pretend you were all for money. There is no amount of money that will take away my daughter's scars, repair permanent injuries many suffered or bring back the sacred seven. You added insult to injury. You stole money from children, in my book that’s as low as it gets. While people were suffering you were on a spending spree. I hope they prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, and even that won’t be enough."
The then 3-year-old Mullins, her mother, grandmother and two older sisters were at the Sugarland concert when the stage collapsed back in August. Mullins and her mother were seriously injured in the collapse. Strangers worked to free both Mullins and her mother following the collapse.
According to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, Hurn collected a $7,500 check from the fund. Murry's claim was denied, though, because her alleged injuries did not qualify for ISFRF funds.
Both women are also accused of submitting a Notice of Tort Claim for Property Damage and/or Personal Injury.
Curry said the two conspired to steal a medical seal from a hospital the night of the collapse. The two are accused of texting ways to fake their alleged injuries.
Investigators became suspicious when the seal on a claim form from IU Health was actually a Wishard doctor's seal.
The alleged plan to collect money fell apart when investigators questioned the women about what happened the night of the collapse. One woman said the two saw Sugarland take the stage and that after the band played a few songs, the stage collapsed. Sugarland never took the stage that night. The stage collapsed after the opening act.
Hurn was arrested when she tried to pick up a claim check. Murry was arrested a short time after that.
Hurn faces three counts of forgery, two counts of perjury, one count of theft and one count of attempted theft.
Murry faces one count of forgery, one count of perjury and one county of attempted theft.
The maximum penalty for a class C felony is eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The claims amounted to $22,500.