Murdered mom's memorial fund stolen by friend, family alleges

Less than a month after losing her daughter to murder, a local mother suffers another major blow.

Money raised for Jaime Dumas's children never made it to the family and a close friend is being accused of spending it. 

The woman the victim's family believes is responsible is in Livonia police custody. FOX 2 is not releasing her name because she has not been formally charged. 

"It's a sad situation all the way around, to be put through this, to be put through that," says Tanni Dumas, the victim's mother. "She always sat in the front of the house, waiting for the kids to get off the bus. 

"She was a great mom, she was a hard worker. She worked at MGM on the sunrise shift."

Dumas, 33, was fatally shot by her husband who died by suicide shortly after. Her family's grief was compounded, they say, by a betrayal no one saw coming 

"She said she would disperse the funds," Tanni says. "She's the one who set up the account, she would see where they went and save it for the kids for college."

After Jamie was murdered, family, friends and even complete strangers, donated their hard-earned money to this online memorial fund on GiveForward.com.

About $5,000 was raised, and Tanni says neither she nor Jamie's four children have seen a penny. 

"The day before yesterday my husband called that GiveForward.com and they already said the funds were released in (Jamie's friend's) bank account," Tanni says.

Tanni says a family friend set up the account, adding she was one of her daughter's best friends.

"Her mom died of cancer in 2000," Tanni says. "And I let her call me 'mom' since the 8th grade. I said, 'How could you do this to somebody who let you call you (them) mom almost your whole entire life?'"

And that may not be the worst of it.

"Police said they couldn't prove she was spending the money," Tanni says. "And we've heard she went out to Ikea and went on a shopping spree, and bought a new bed, new furniture, and her dad even said he didn't understand where she was getting the money from." 

All the while, Tanni says her grandchildren are still coping with life after mom.

The family says right now it's unclear why Livonia police picked up the woman in question. Police have declined comment.

In the meantime, Farmington Hills police are investigating what happened to the money from that fund.

If you have donated to the fund, call Farmington Hills police at (248) 871-2600.

If you would like to make a donation to the Dumas family, a new memorial fund has been set up via GoFundMe
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