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Rapper Accused In One Fund Boston Scam Sues Police For Misconduct

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A Boston man, who wants to become a rapper and is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to steal a fund that was created for victims of the marathon bombing in Boston, is suing police for misconduct.

According to the Daily Mail, 23-year-old Branden “The Real Soulja Boy” Mattier, alleged that the Massachusetts State Police set him up “through police misconduct” when they charged him last year with trying to scam over $2 million from The One Fund.

The rapper is representing himself in the civil suit, which was filed Dec. 23, and is seeking $100,000 in damages, the Boston Herald reported.

Mattier was arrested on July 2 after he allegedly accepted a fake check for nearly $2.2 million from an undercover state trooper, John Banik, who posed as a FedEx worker.

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Prosecutors say Mattier and his 28-year-old brother, Domunique Grice, filed a claime with the charity using the name of a dead aunt claiming that she had lost her legs in the April attack.

Both brothers even attended a dinner for the victims and their families, the Boston Herald notes.

FedEx is also named as a defendant in the misconduct suit.

The brothers were scheduled to test drive a $52,000 Mercedes-Benz E350 luxury sedan the same day they expected the check to arrive, prosecutors say.

Mattier pleaded no guilty in September to charges of trying to commit a crime, conspiracy and identity fraud, court records show.

He was released on $10,000 bail, must wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and not travel out-of-state.

Mattier is scheduled to appear in court again Monday.