Boston Man Arraigned on Charges of Attempted Larceny, Identity Theft for $2 Million False Claim to One Fund Boston
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 million claim to The One Fund Boston on behalf of his dead aunt was arraigned this morning, announced Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Branden Mattier, 22, of the South End, was arrested at his home on Tuesday when an undercover state trooper presented him with a simulated check made out for $2.195 million. He was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court and he pleaded not guilty to charges of Attempted Larceny over $250 and Identity Theft. Judge Eleanor Sinnott ordered Mattier held on $30,000 cash bail. If Mattier makes bail he was ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet monitor and to forfeit his passport. The next hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 2.
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 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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