Convicted fraudster of Boston bombing charity denied release

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BOSTON (AP) – A Boston man convicted along with his brother of scamming the Boston Marathon victims’ compensation fund out of more than $2 million using the name of a dead aunt has lost his bid to remain free while he challenges the conviction.

The state’s highest court Monday upheld the decision of a single justice who ruled that Branden Mattier failed to show that the evidence against him was the result of an unlawful arrest and “virtually nonexistent.”

Mattier and Domunique Grice were convicted nearly two years ago of larceny charges for submitting a claim to The One Fund claiming their aunt lost her legs in the April 15, 2013, bombing. They were both sentenced to three years in prison.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruling did not address whether the convictions stand.

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