The woman who started a stunningly successful GoFundMe campaign for Fred Barley, the young man who said he rode his bike 50 miles to register for a Georgia college, said Wednesday night that she now has “multiple questions about Fred’s story.”
Consequently, GoFundMe officials said they have frozen the account of $184,000 raised for the young man, and have started an inquiry into his claims. If they are not satisfied by the answers, officials said they will refund the money to donors.
The inquiry marks a stark turn in a story that had grabbed the hearts of people across the country — and prompted them to send in money — even as it illustrates the challenges of online fund-raising campaigns.
Neither Barley nor Casey Blaney, the Barnesville area woman who took up his cause, could be reached for comment last night on this development.
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