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Boston Brothers Plead Not Guilty In Marathon Scam

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Branden Mattier in court July 3, 2013.

Branden Mattier in court July 3, 2013.

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BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers have pleaded not guilty to making a false $2 million claim to the Boston Marathon bombing victims’ fund for their long-dead aunt.

Twenty-two-year-old Branden Mattier and 27-year-old Domunique Grice of Boston were arraigned Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to commit larceny, attempt to commit larceny and identity fraud. Mattier was held on $20,000 bail. Grice was released on personal recognizance and ordered to surrender his passport and report weekly to probation officials.

Mattier was arrested July 2 when he allegedly accepted a fake check from an undercover state trooper. Grice was charged last month. Prosecutors said the brothers had planned to test drive a new Mercedes-Benz the day they got the check.

State police said Mattier told them he intended to use the money to help people.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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