Omaha Group Wants Donation Back from Lincoln Woman Who Faked Hate Crime

Posted 11 months ago

By Scott Carlson

Charlie Rogers

Charlie Rogers

An Omaha gay-rights group is seeking the return of some $1,800 donated to a Lincoln woman convicted of lying about being attacked in her home by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin.

Beth Rigatuso, president of Heartland Pride, says that the money was given to Charlie Rogers by donors at a candlelight vigil held on Rogers’ behalf last July.

Rogers, a former Nebraska basketball player, had told police that three masked men broke into her Lincoln house and assaulted her. But police say Rogers faked the attack.

Rogers was ordered to repay more than $10,000 given to her. A probation officer distributed the money to donors and a Lincoln police charity. But the Omaha group says it didn’t get its share.