A South End man accused of trying to collect $2.2 million from the One Fund Boston in the name of an aunt who died 10 years ago allegedly had the help of his brother during the scam attempt, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said today.
Branden Mattier, 22, and his brother, Domunique Grice, 27, were indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury today on charges of conspiracy to commit larceny over $250, attempt to commit larceny over $250, and identity fraud, Coakley’s office said in a statement.
Mattier was arrested by State Police assigned to Coakley’s office in July when he accepted a fake check from the One Fund delivered to him by a trooper posing as a deliveryman. Mattier’s arrest put an end to the plans by both Mattier and Grice to test drive a Mercedes-Benz E350 that day, prosecutors allege.
Mattier has since pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court. The indictment moves his case to Superior Court. Grice has not previously been charged, and will now be tried in Superior Court along with his brother.
“These defendants allegedly orchestrated a scheme to defraud The One Fund of more than $2 million, money that was donated by many generous people and intended for the real victims of the Marathon attack,” Coakley said in a statement.
Mattier attended a town meeting held at the Boston Public Library May 7 and asked fund managers if his aunt would qualify for aid if she underwent amputations in the future, prosecutors said. The brothers also attended a private ceremonial closing of the Copley Square memorial and a complimentary dinner held for bombing survivors at the Seaport Hotel.
In June, Mattier allegedly sent the fund a letter written by the chief of trauma services at Boston Medical Center confirming that Mattier’s aunt had undergone a double amputation as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and wounded more than 260 people.
The letter from the BMC was a forgery, prosecutors said. Mattier’s aunt, identified by prosecutors as Oneiva Bradley, was never treated at Boston Medical, prosecutors said.
In fact, prosecutors said, Bradley died more than 10 years ago.
An arraignment date has not been set.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.