Feds: Man lied in marathon bombing investigation

Ron McCracken of Dallas pays his respects at a makeshift memorial honoring to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings ahead of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Ron McCracken of Dallas pays his respects at a makeshift memorial honoring to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings ahead of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prosecutors said Friday that 23-year-old Khairullozhon Matanov of Quincy is charged with destroying, altering and falsifying records in a federal investigation, and with making false statements in a federal investigation.

Authorities said that in the days after the April 2013 bombings, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he knew the suspects and shared their “philosophical justification for violence.” He’s accused of deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators.

He’s not accused of participating in the bombings or knowing about them in advance.

Matanov is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

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