Two women tried that plan, hoping to pocket some funds by allegedly faking injuries from the tragic incident in Indiana last August, and are now facing fraud charges and the prospect of years in prison, according to the Indy Star.
Stephanie Murry, 25, and Sandra Hurn, 38—who, mind you, did not even attend the show—attempted to collect money from the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced yesterday.
"I do not understand the mentality of someone who would look at the circumstances of that night and see the potential for financial profit from this kind of scheme," Curry said. "Most of us would look at those circumstances and feel sympathy and a desire to help assist the real victims in any way we could."
It all started when an Indiana State Fair Commission official told State Police of two "questionable" claims from women seeking money.
In court documents, Hurn recalled that Sugarland performed "a couple of songs" before the stage collapsed, but in reality the band never took the stage that night. Oops!
After being questioned by detectives, Hurn eventually confessed to the scheme, and now faces a maximum of 36 years in prison if convicted.