Democrats who decided to approve “COVID relief money” for convicted felons are beginning to regret it.
Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received taxpayer money, Fox News reports, which was placed into his “inmate trust account.”
He later sent $2,000 to his family for “gifts” during the holidays.
Federal officials in Massachusetts are now enraged, calling for Tsarnaev to “hand over the $1,400 COVID relief money and any other funds in his inmate trust account.”
The convicted terrorist owes more than $101 million to his victims.
The bombings that he orchestrated on April 15, 2013 killed three people and injured 280 others.
Prosecutors confirmed that “the largest payment the Defendant made from his account was paid to his siblings for items such as ‘gifts,’ ‘support,’ and ‘books.’ These payments totaled $2,000.”
Tsarnaev is allowed to use money for clothes, books and other items in prison, but the rest should go toward victim payments, prosecutors added.
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The motion, filed Wednesday by Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell for the District of Massachusetts, urges the court to allow the Bureau of Prisons to move all funds from Tsarnaev’s inmate trust account “as payment towards his outstanding criminal monetary penalties, including unpaid special assessment and restitution,” court records state.
But records show Tsarnaev, who is currently being held at a maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado, has received over $21,000 since his time as an inmate. Some deposits were made by the Office of Federal Defenders of New York – which put in $11,230 from May 2016 to June 2021; by 35 individuals, including three people from New Jersey, Indiana and Maryland; and the United States government, which sent him a $1,400 COVID relief payment on June 22, 2021, the motion states.
Following his 2015 trial, Tsarnaev was ordered to pay $101,126,627 in criminal restitution and an additional $3,000 fee. As of Wednesday, he had paid only $2,202.03, which went toward the fee – and not toward the victims – in accordance with federal statutes, the document states.
Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 charges related to the 2013 bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blast killed three people and hurt over 260 others. Seventeen of the injured people lost at least one limb in the attack.
Tsarnaev and his brother then led police on a multi-day chase, during which time Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed. Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, also died.
Despite that records show Tsarnaev’s deposits were collectively worth $21,071.60, only about $3,885.06 remained in his inmate trust account as of Dec. 22, 2021, court papers state.