Two women charged with filing false injury claims after Sugarland stage collapse

Court papers allege that they tried to cash in on compensation pot

Two women have been charged with filing false injury claims in the aftermath of the Sugarland stage collapse earlier this year.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Stephanie Murray, 25, and Sandra Hurn, 38, submitted compensation claims in which they claimed they were injured in the Indiana State Fair tragedy, which saw seven people killed as winds of up to 70mph caused the stage to collapse.

However, court documents suggest that Hurn confessed to the authorities that their claims had been fabricated. She will now face charges of forgery, perjury, theft and attempted theft, and will face a maximum of 36 years in jail if convicted. Murray, meanwhile, will face charges of forgery, perjury and attempted theft and could be handed a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said: “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.

“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 was reported earlier this month that the state of Indiana had agreed to pay out a total of $5 million (£3.22 million) to the victims of the accident.

Last month, 48 of the survivors from the incident launched a lawsuit against Sugarland, who they claimed could have prevented the stage from collapsing by cancelling the show.

The band hosted a free show in Indianapolis in October to honour those affected by the accident. In the aftermath of the August show, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles had said: “There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity.

“There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe.”