For Immediate Release - July 02, 2013

Boston Man Arrested for Submitting $2 Million False Claim to One Fund Boston Using His Dead Aunt's Name

Man Allegedly Claimed His Long-Deceased Aunt Suffered Double Amputation Due to Boston Marathon Bombings

BOSTON – A South End man who allegedly submitted a $2.195 million claim to The One Fund Boston on behalf of his dead aunt has been arrested, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Branden Mattier, 22, of the South End, was arrested at his home today when an undercover state trooper presented him with a simulated check made out for $2.195 million. He was charged with Attempted Larceny over $250 and Identity Theft.

“We allege that this defendant attempted to defraud The One Fund of more than $2 million,” AG Coakley said. “Because every dollar was allocated to victims, he 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. We commend The One Fund for uncovering this and for referring it to our office for further investigation.”

In June, The One Fund Boston referred the matter to the AG’s Office after it suspected that the claim submitted by Mattier on behalf of his aunt, Onevia Bradley, was false. 

The AG’s investigation revealed that on May 7, Mattier attended a Town Hall meeting at the Boston Public Library on behalf of his supposedly injured aunt, and followed-up on May 29 by sending an email to The One Fund asking if his aunt could make a claim as a double amputee if the amputation was expected to be performed in the future. In June, The One Fund received Mattier’s claim form along with a letter allegedly from the chief of trauma services at the Boston Medical Center affirming his aunt as a double amputee. The letter was dated May 2, a full 27 days before Mattier’s email.

According to officials at the Boston Medical Center, Mattier’s aunt never received treatment at the hospital in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing nor did the letter originate from the trauma center. The investigation further revealed through public records that Onevia Bradley had actually died more than 10 years earlier.

As part of the investigation, Mattier allegedly signed for a letter on Monday informing him that his aunt had been awarded $2.195 million from The One Fund Boston. The letter informed Mattier that he would receive the check by courier on Tuesday morning. State police arrested Mattier this morning after delivering the simulated check. 

This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta of the AG’s Public Integrity Division, investigator Sallyann Nelligan, victim’s advocate Lisa Solecki and State Police assigned to the AG’s Office. One Fund Boston promptly reported the allegations, and cooperated throughout the investigation.

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