Boston Brothers Arraigned on Charges of Conspiracy to Defraud One Fund Boston of $2 Million, Steal From Real Victims of Bombing
Allegedly Claimed Their Long-Deceased Aunt Suffered Double Amputation Due to Boston Marathon Bombings
BOSTON – A pair of brothers from Boston were arraigned on charges they attempted to defraud The One Fund Boston of $2 million by submitting a false claim on behalf of their dead aunt, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Branden Mattier, 22, and his brother, Domunique Grice, 27, both of the South End, were arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Larceny over $250, Attempt to Commit Larceny over $250, and Identity Fraud.
At the arraignment, Mattier and Grice both pleaded not guilty to the charges. Mattier was held on $20,000 cash bail, with the conditions that if released, he be monitored by GPS and surrender his passport. Grice was released on personal recognizance, with the conditions that he report weekly to probation and surrender his passport. Clerk Magistrate Connie Wong presided over today’s arraignment.
In June, The One Fund Boston referred the matter to the AG’s Office after it suspected that the claim submitted by Mattier and Grice on behalf of their aunt, Onevia Bradley, was false.
The AG’s investigation revealed that on May 7, Mattier and Grice attended a Town Hall meeting held by The One Fund at the Boston Public Library on behalf of their supposedly injured aunt. Afterwards, Mattier spoke with the media about the importance of their aunt being compensated immediately because the hospital bills were coming in.
Mattier 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 a claim form, put together by Mattier and Grice, along with a letter allegedly from the chief of trauma services at the Boston Medical Center affirming their aunt as a double amputee. The letter was dated May 2, a full 27 days before Mattier’s email to The One Fund saying their aunt might lose her other leg.
Investigation also revealed that at the end of June, the brothers attended a private ceremonial closing of a memorial erected in Copley Square and a complimentary dinner at the Seaport Hotel, both meant only for bombing victims and their families.
According to officials at the Boston Medical Center, their 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 July 1 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 the next morning, July 2. State police arrested Mattier after delivering the simulated check.
The investigation also showed that Mattier and Grice had scheduled an appointment to test drive a new Mercedes-Benz E350 the same day the check was scheduled to be delivered. As a result of Mattier’s arrest, they did not attend that appointment.
Mattier was arrested at his home on July 2 by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office after an undercover state trooper presented him with a simulated check made out for $2.195 million. He was arraigned on July 3 in Boston Municipal Court. Both Mattier and Grice were indicted on August 29 by a Suffolk County Grand Jury and were arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court. Mattier is due back in Suffolk Superior Court on September 18 for a bail hearing. Both Mattier and Grice are due back in Suffolk Superior Court on October 8 for a pre-trial conference.
These charges are allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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, State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, and the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab. One Fund Boston promptly reported the allegations, and cooperated throughout the investigation.