Suspect pays back money in GoFundMe theft

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The woman who is accused of setting up a GoFundMe page for a grieving family and then vanishing with the money has returned the money to the Williamson County DA’s office.

Fallon Mouton was in court Monday where she accepted a plea deal that led to her release from jail. She’s been in the Williamson County Jail since she was extradited from Louisiana, where KXAN Investigator Lindsay Bramson found her while investigating the missing money. She spent 119 days behind bars.

Police say she set up an account on GoFundMe.com that raised more than $4,000 for a family in Taylor after a woman died from complications of child birth. The money never made it to the family and the online account was empty.

“I wanted to get that money back for the victims. That was my first priority,” said Asst. District Attorney Brent Webster. “But just as importantly I wanted to make sure she had a theft conviction, because it’s important anyone she encounters in the future knows she has a record like that.”

Prosecutors say 85 people donated to the account. Webster says they are asking those who donated to contact the Williamson County DA’s office so they can get their money back. Since Mouton paid back all the money she stole, prosecutors say she will not have to be on probation. She was released from custody about 2 p.m. Monday.

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