Woman facing charges in Aurora theater shooting scam

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AURORA | A 19-year-old Aurora woman is due in court next week after police say she swindled donors hoping to give to victims of the Aurora theater shootings.

Katherine Elizabeth Peroni, 19, is due in court Sept. 11 on a misdemeanor theft charge, according to police reports. Police say Peroni posed as the caretaker for a girl named Kadence, whose mother Monica was shot during the July massacre at the Century Aurora 16 theater. In all 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded, but police said none of the victims’ names were Monica.

The scam fell apart, police said, when one of the donors received a call from Peroni imitating the made-up child.

Police said Peroni collected several toys and also had a Paypal account with more than $500 in it.

When police confronted Peroni on Aug. 1, she admitted to making the story up and said she did it for attention.

Aurora police spokesman Officer Frank Fania said other than Peroni’s case, investigators haven’t received any reports of possible scams stemming from the theater shootings.