Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Receives $1,400 in COVID Relief That the Fed Wants to Claim

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a COVID-19 stimulus check for $1,400 in 2021, according to a new court filing. Above, a memorial to the victims of the April 21, 2013 bombing in Boston, Massachusetts is pictured.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this image released by the FBI on April 19, 2013.
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Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking funds from the Prisoner Trust account of Boston Marathon bomber Djokhar Tsarnaev, including the $1,400 COVID-19 relief payment he received in 2021.


Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Mendel for the District of Massachusetts filed a motion Wednesday asking for funds to be taken from Tsarnaev’s account and used as compensation for his victims, according To WFXT affiliated with Boston Fox. The proposal indicated that Tsarnaev had a balance of $3,885.06 in his account as of December 22, 2021, including the $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus payment deposited into the account in June.

Prisoners were largely eligible to receive the $1,400 payments included in the $1.9 trillion US rescue plan that President Joe Biden signed into law last March. Republicans unsuccessfully rallied against allowing prisoners to receive checks at the time, although prisoners were also not excluded from stimulus checks included in the GOP-backed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on which former President Donald Trump signed last year. ,


Prosecutors said the funds in Tsarnaev’s account “should be used as payment for his outstanding criminal monetary penalties, including unpaid special assessments and restitution.” Tsarnaev was ordered to pay More than $101 million in compensation to the victims, plus a special assessment of $3,000 in 2016. They’ve paid $2,202.03 so far – all of which has gone toward the special appraisal. The filing asked the court to order the Federal Bureau of CARA (BOP) to turn over the remaining funds.

“In light of the defendant’s payment history and incarceration status, the United States requests that this Court enter an order authorizing the BOP to turn over all funds held in the Defendant’s Prisoner Trust account, including administrative withholding by the BOP. Subject to any amount, including payment of outstanding criminal monetary penalties imposed against the defendant to the clerk of the court,” Mendel wrote in the filing.


The prosecutor noted that although Tsarnaev did not give any money to his victims, he “paid other third-parties,” including $2,000 to his siblings “for items such as gifts, supports, and books.” ‘” He argued that “the requested relief is just and proper in this instance, particularly in light of the defendants prioritizing payments to their siblings over the victims of their crimes.”

The filing also took note of the fact that “deposit to defendant’s prisoner trust account became more frequent” when he was sentenced to death after his conviction for the 2013 bombings. About $5,000 was deposited into the account between September 2013 and August 2021 by three unidentified individuals from Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland.

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured hundreds, many of whom suffered permanent disability as a result of their injuries. Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 separate charges and sentenced to death in 2015. His brother and co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with the police after the bombing.


An appeals court overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence in 2020 but the federal government appealed the decision. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case last fall and may reverse the decision again. The Biden administration is in favor of reinstating the death penalty, despite calls for a moratorium on federal executions.

newsweek reached out to Tsarnaev’s lawyer for comment.