WRGB Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Man charged in fake Boston Marathon claim sues

BOSTON (AP) -- A man charged with trying to bilk the Boston Marathon bombing victims' fund out of more than $2 million has filed a federal lawsuit claiming state police violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him.

The Boston Herald reports that Branden Mattier alleges police misconduct and is seeking $100,000 in damages.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Mattier filed a claim with The One Fund using the name of a dead aunt who he reported lost both legs in the attack. He was arrested when he allegedly accepted a fake check from an undercover state trooper. He has pleaded not guilty.

The defendants are the state police and a trooper assigned to the attorney general's office.

An attorney general's spokesman had no comment.

A working phone number for Mattier, who's representing himself, couldn't be found.