Branden Mattier arrested for false One Fund claim
BOSTON (WHDH) -- 22-year-old Branden Mattier appeared in court Wednesday after police say he tried to defraud the One Fund and pocket millions at the expense of the real bombing victims.
“The defendant was arrested and charged in connection with a scheme to steal more than 2.1 million dollars from the One Fund Boston,” a court official said.
Prosecutors say he claimed his aunt lost two limbs in the bombing. They have video of Branden attending One Fund meetings and say he submitted fake letters from Boston Medical Center and its chief of trauma surgery.
“They checked with the BMC and quickly discovered the defendant’s aunt was never treated there and that the letter did not originate from the BMC or Dr. Burke,” said the court official.
Mattier was arrested here, outside his South End residence, not far from Boston Medical Center after signing for what he believed was a real check.
The aunt, whose name he used, has been dead for more than a decade.
Outside court, friends defended him.
“To tell you the truth he's his own man. He formulates his own ideas,” Mattier’s friend said.
The mayor, outraged over the offensive crime.
“I am so disgusted by that individual. He tried to forge a claim for a double amputee, who has been dead for ten years,” said Boston Mayor, Tom Menino. “So I hope that as he goes through the legal system, they throw the book at him.