A Portland woman accused of defrauding the Boston Marathon bombing victims fund will be held without bail until she is brought to Massachusetts to face theft charges.

Amey Molloy appeared Friday before Justice Roland Cole in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. She was arrested at her home at Dingley Court in Portland on Wednesday after Massachusetts officials issued an arrest warrant for her.

Molloy is accused of applying to the One Fund Boston for compensation as a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. She said that in the stampede after the second bomb went off, her foot was stomped on and she broke several bones.

The fund paid her $8,000, as it did for more than 100 other victims who received outpatient treatment for injuries suffered in the terrorist attack. Victims with more serious injuries and the families of the three people killed received larger settlements.

When a second round of disbursements was announced, Molloy again applied for compensation. But an audit of the first round of awards had deemed her claim suspicious. When she sought a $12,000 payment, saying she had received hip surgery related to the foot injury, the fund referred the case to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Investigators determined that her foot injury predated the bombings and, rather than being at the Boston Marathon at the time of the attacks, she was actually talking on her cellphone in the Yarmouth area.

Several people who appeared to be Molloy’s friends and family members attended the court hearing but declined to comment on the case, through her lawyer.

John D. Clifford V said he was retained to represent Molloy for her Maine hearing, but that she will get a lawyer in Massachusetts to represent her when she is arraigned on charges there.

Clifford said she should be able to be released on a reasonable bail once she appears in Massachusetts because she has no criminal record and is not a risk to flee before trial. However, he said the case is emotionally charged because of the nature of the bombings themselves.

Clifford said he expects Massachusetts authorities will transport Molloy to that state soon.

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