A Boston man was arrested on allegations that he submitted a false claim
for more than $2 million using his dead aunt's name from a fund set up for
Boston Marathon bombing victims. Branden Mattier, 22, of Boston's south end was taken into
custody at his home after an undercover state trooper handed over a simulated
check from The One Fund Boston made out for $2.195 million.
Upon accepting the check, Mattier was charged with attempted larceny and
identify theft. The One Fund Boston was set up in the wake of the Boston
attack that killed three and injured more than 200 others. The fund announced
it would disperse nearly $61 million it had raised from donors around
the world to assist victims and families. Only six families-those whose
loved ones' died or had double amputations or brain damage-were eligible
for the maximum compensation of close to $2.2 million.
According to the attorney general, Mattier sent a claim form into the fund,
accompanied by a letter allegedly from the chief of trauma services at
Boston Medical Center, saying his aunt was a double-amputee wounded in
the bombing. According to hospital officials the letter was not from the
center, and the aunt hadn't received treatment there after the bombings.
Investigators later discovered the aunt had died some 10 years earlier.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with
fraud, identity theft, or any type of
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