Man Tried To Dupe Boston Bombings Fund Of $2 Million Using Dead Aunt's Name

Posted By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer || 19-Jul-2013

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 theft crime then you should consult with Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert M. Bernstein for a free consultation. Don't hesitate to contact our law firm today.

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