Attorney General says donations raised for fire victim were spent by relatives

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — WWNY TV is reporting that the Attorney General’s office has filed an action in State Supreme Court alleging that relatives of a Watertown fire victim spent the donations raised for her.

According to court papers, paternal relatives of Hailey Bodah raised more than $100,000 through a GoFundMe page and community fundraisers. However, the court action says those relatives failed to turn over more than $70,000 to Bodah, and used it to buy furniture and appliances. 

The February fire left a father and four of his children dead. Investigators believe the fire started as a result of cooking.

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