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Mass. Man Accused of Filing Fake Marathon Bombing Claim

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BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man has been arrested after allegedly making a fake claim of nearly $2.2 million to the main compensation fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said 22-year-old Branden Mattier allegedly claimed to The One Fund that his long-dead aunt had lost both legs in the April 15 attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Coakley said Mattier was arrested Tuesday when he accepted a fake check for $2.195 million from an undercover state trooper. He was charged with attempted larceny and identity theft.

Coakley said The One Fund reported the suspicious claim to her office. She said Mattier’s aunt died more than 10 years ago.

He is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. It is not known who is representing him.


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