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Man accused of filing fake Boston Marathon claim

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:48 a.m. HST, Jul 04, 2013

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.

Bail was set at $30,000 for 22-year-old Branden Mattier at his arraignment Wednesday on charges of attempted larceny and identity theft. He's also required to surrender his passport and undergo GPS monitoring.

Prosecutor Gina Masotta says Mattier told The One Fund 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.

Defense attorney Claudia Lagos told The Boston Globe that Mattier wants to fight the case. A police report said Mattier told state police he intended to help people with the money.

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cojef wrote:
A dead beat trying to scam the Boston One Fund. Attorney claims defendant wants to fight the case. Probably a court appointed lawyer, means taxpayer funded. ABA takes care that lawyer are gainfull employed.
on July 4,2013 | 08:30AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Unfortunately, scum bags like this bum are all too common in American society. And unfortunately, too many of them are successful with their scams and fraud.
on July 4,2013 | 09:02AM
iwanaknow wrote:
If you cheat, cheat big ya?
on July 4,2013 | 09:37AM
f206 wrote:
I hope they go after this idiot hard!!
on July 4,2013 | 09:46AM
patk wrote:
Death Penalty.
on July 4,2013 | 01:37PM
busterb wrote:
Tie him to next years finish line.
on July 4,2013 | 03:45PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
You know, somehow I just KNEW someone was going to try and make a buck off of this tragedy, and they sure did not disappoint. How low can you get? No class.
on July 4,2013 | 06:39PM
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