A man who was charged with trying to scam the One Fund out of more than $2 million is reportedly representing himself in a federal lawsuit against a Massachusetts state police trooper as well as a trooper assigned to the attorney general’s office on the grounds that they violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him.
Branden Mattier, 23, has claimed he was a victim of police misconduct and is seeking $100,000 in damages in the lawsuit, according to a report by The Boston Herald.
Mattier has pleaded not guilty to charges that he filed a claim with The One Fund using the name of a dead aunt who he claimed lost both legs in the April 15 terror attack. He was arrested when he allegedly accepted a phony check from an undercover state trooper, according to The Herald report.
The One Fund was established to give financial aid to the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as the families of victims.