Pair of Indy Women Caught Claiming False Injuries from State Fair Stage Collapse

By Scott Sarvay

Credit: WRTV

Stephanie Murry and Sandra Hurn

August 27, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM EDT

Indianapolis (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – An Indianapolis woman pleads guilty to falsely claiming to have been injured at last year’s state fair stage collapse.

According to our partner in news, WRTV in Indianapolis, Stephanie Murry was caught falsifying hospital records and submitting claims to both the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund.

Murry's claim was denied because the injuries reported didn't meet qualifications.

Murry pled guilty Monday to one count of forgery and one count of perjury.
Under the agreement, she will be sentenced to four years in Marion County Community Corrections on work release and one year on probation. She will also have to perform 100 hours of community service.

Murry, told the judge she was apologetic for what she did, was released to home detention prior of her Oct. 5 sentencing date.

According to probable cause affidavits, Murry claimed she suffered a gash on her right cheek, but when they checked her driver's license, investigators said the same mark was on her cheek from a photo taken in 2008.

Investigators said hospital records had been altered from "no visible signs of trauma" to "visible signs of trauma."

Murry’s aunt, Sandra Hurn, was also arrested for claiming to be an 11-year-old girl who was injured in the stage collapse.

Hurn received a $7,500 check from the state fair remembrance fund.

Hurn faces charges of three counts of forgery, two counts of perjury, theft and attempted theft.

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