July 4, 2013

Man accused of fake marathon fund claim

The Associated Press

BOSTON - A Boston man has pleaded not guilty to making a fake claim of nearly $2.2 million to the main compensation fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Branden Mattier, 22, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of attempted larceny and identity theft. Bail was set at $30,000, with the conditions he surrender his passport and undergo GPS monitoring.

Prosecutor Gina Masotta said Mattier claimed to The One Fund that his long-dead aunt lost her legs in the April 15 attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260. She said Mattier was arrested Tuesday when he accepted a fake check from an undercover state trooper.

 

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