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Fundraiser for Ashley Baumann shut down


UNDATED (WSAU) -- The woman convicted of driving drunk and killing two passengers while driving almost benefitted from a crowd funding website. 

For a little while, a website that allows donors to contribute to people in need had an account designed to raise money for Ashley Baumann.  Baumann was convicted nearly a month ago of causing the deaths of Misty Glisch and Jessica Hartwig.

The online donation site GiveForward told WSAU that an account was active from May 30th until June 6th with Ashley Baumann listed as the beneficiary. The account did raise $610 in that period of time. They cannot confirm if Baumann set it up or if someone did the account on her behalf.

The GiveForward official confirmed the account is no longer active, but could not comment on the exact reason why, or if Baumann actually received the money that was donated.

The GiveForward webpage clearly states they do not support fundraisers for legal fees. They typically handle accounts set up to help people needing help with medical expenses, veterinarian bills, funeral expenses, and care for long-term patients with cancer or other illnesses.

Without the website, Baumann was able to come up with $10,000 recently.  She had to post that much in cash plus a $50,000 signature bond to be released on special conditions before her August 20th sentencing date.  A presentence investigation is underway.