BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers have been found guilty of making a fake $2 million claim to the Boston marathon victims’ fund using the name of an aunt who had been dead for a decade.
Twenty-three-year-old Branden Mattier and 28-year-old Domunique Grice, both of Boston, were convicted Friday of conspiracy commit larceny and attempt to commit larceny. Mattier also was convicted of identity fraud. They are held until sentencing June 23.
Prosecutors said the brothers submitted a claim to The One Fund saying their aunt lost her legs in the April 15, 2013, bombing. The fund alerted authorities that the claim was suspicious. State police arrested Mattier when he accepted a fake check.
Prosecutors say the brothers planned to test-drive a new Mercedes-Benz when they got the money. Mattier allegedly told police he planned to use the money to do good.