AG: Man Tried to Bilk $2.2M From Boston Victim Fund
Claimed his aunt lost both her legs; aunt died more than 10 years ago
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2013 8:56 AM CDT
Branden Mattier, 22.   (AP Photo/Office of Massachusetts Attorney General)

(Newser) – The One Boston Fund was set up to aid victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, so Branden Mattier allegedly submitted a claim on behalf of his aunt, who he said lost both legs in the blast. One problem: His aunt died more than a decade ago. Now Mattier, 22, is charged with larceny and identity theft, reports CBS Boston. Police arrested him at his home yesterday, after an undercover state trooper showed up with a fake check for almost $2.2 million.

The Attorney General’s office says Mattier sent an email in late May to the fund asking if his aunt could submit a claim if the surgery hadn't occurred yet; the fund says it last month received a forged letter from the chief of trauma services at Boston Medical Center verifying his aunt was a double amputee, reports the Boston Globe. The application "seemed a little unusual" to One Boston, which forwarded the claim to the AG, who subsequently discovered that not only had his aunt not received surgery, she wasn't even alive. "[Mattier] sought to take these funds away from real victims of the Marathon attack and from the thousands of people who had so generously given to help those who truly need it," says the AG.

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Jul 4, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
send him to gitmo!
Jul 4, 2013 1:40 AM CDT
This lowlife punk deserves to be kicked in the groan by every victim, spit on by every contributor, and shunned by all. I hope he gets 25 years for it. Hard labor! The judge should personally slap the corn out of this POS.
Jul 3, 2013 11:38 PM CDT
Damn scumbags! There are even entire countries that do this! Japan, for example: The japanese decided to take $29 million dollars out of the international tsunami aid relief fund (meant for homeless japanese), and used it to combat the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society last whaling season. They used the money to fund the largest Whaling fleet in recent times. All of those hard-earned dollars donated by decent human beings around the world, siphoned off for "research" at the expense of the international community. Using that well-intentioned aid money to fight against people who want to help and save the lives of the second most intelligent lifeform on Earth. The japanese keep pretending they kill 1000 whales per every single year for the sake of "science", yet their ships return to dock with the whalemeat already packaged and ready to distribute to the markets.