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Accused scammer says he wanted to help others

The man accused of attempting to bilk One Fund Boston of more than $2 million told police he filed the false claim to help people “in his own neighborhood” and did not consider it stealing, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Branden Mattier, who allegedly claimed that his aunt had lost both her legs in the Marathon bombings, admitted to investigators that she had died more than a decade ago, according to State Police, but maintained that he filed the claim to help others.

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