January 21, 2022

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s $1,400 stimulus check may be redistributed to victims

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s $1,400 stimulus check may be redistributed to victims after the acting United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts filed new papers on Wednesday.

Court documents state that Tsarnaev received a $1,400 COVID relief payment on June 22, 2021 and has held it in a trust account of detainees for the past few months.

Tsarnaev, who is serving a life sentence in a Supermax prison in Colorado, was ordered to pay $3,000 as a special appraisal and $101,126,627 in criminal restitution, according to court documents. It was first ordered in 2015.

Since then, Tsarnaev has paid $2,202.03, court documents state.

“Since his arrest, several persons have provided money to the accused,” court documents read. “As of December 22, 2021, the defendant has approximately $3,885.06 in his account of inmates.”

This includes the $1,400 incentive check and other deposits ranging from $30 to $200 from residents of Indiana, New Jersey, and Maryland.

“The defendant, while not making any payments to his victims, has made payments to other third parties. The largest payment the defendant made from his account was made to his siblings for items such as “gifts,” “support” and “books,” court documents read. “These payments totaled $2,000.”

On April 15, 2013, Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev walked into a crowded area near the marathon finish line carrying backpacks filled with homemade pressure cooker shrapnel filled with BBs and nails. They broke up and stopped in places full of spectators. Dzhokar placed his backpack near an outdoor restaurant terrace.

The explosions killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, 23-year-old Boston University student Lingzi Lu and 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell. The terrorist attack sent several others “to a life of unimaginable suffering,” the Justice Department wrote.

A jury in Massachusetts federal court has found Tsarnaev guilty on 30 charges.

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