Trial set in Nashua GoFundMe theft case

NASHUA – The trial has been scheduled for May in the case of Krystal Gentley, the Nashua woman charged 10 months ago with felony theft for allegedly emptying the GoFundMe account she started in memory of her deceased friend.

Gentley, 27, with a last known address of 9 Eighth St., is charged with stealing about $5,000 from the account, which she created to help the grieving family of Tabatha Lynn Fauteux, a 26-year-old Hudson woman who died in California in late 2015 after a long struggle with drug addiction.

Updated documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South show that jury selection for Gentley’s trial is scheduled for May 15, with the trial to begin within two weeks of the completion of jury selection.

A trial management conference, typically the final hearing before a trial, is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 5.

Gentley was initially indicted on one count of theft by deception, but that was later dismissed and replaced by an indictment for theft by unauthorized taking, according to Gentley’s file. That second indictment was handed down in June.

The charge is a Class A felony because the amount she is charged with stealing is well over the $1,501 benchmark for a Class A felony.

Gentley has been free on bail since shortly after her arrest on April 1.

The arrest culminated a police investigation that took several weeks, launched when members of Fauteux’s family contacted police after learning from GoFundMe officials that the account had been emptied and closed – by Gentley.

Sheila Fauteux, Tabatha’s mother, said at the time that she called GoFundMe after she tried repeatedly to meet with Gentley to make arrangements to begin withdrawing funds to pay funeral and related expenses.

Gentley said in previously filed court documents that she took the money to pay medical and other bills after her husband lost his job. She told police she’d planned to gradually pay back the funds once her husband found a job.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.