THE Boston marathon bomber received a Covid stimulus check worth $1,400, sparking outrage.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 28, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 for the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.
Tsarnaev, who is being held in the Colorado supermax prison, received a stimulus check worth $1,400 in June 2021, as part of the federal government’s coronavirus relief fund available to all Americans.
The information was revealed in a court filing Jan. 6, prompting many people to take to social media to express their anger at the move.
One commenter said on Twitter: “There are shortages everywhere, no test availability, but hey! The Boston bomber got $1,400 from the federal government. What’s going on!”
Another wrote: “Awful and disgusting.”
A third simply added, “Mindless.”
As part of his sentence, Tsarnaev was ordered to pay the victims $101 million.
Tsarnaev has paid only $2,202.03 so far, Mendell said, and the Kyrgyz-American national of Chechen descent is said to have $3,885.06 in his prison account as of December 22.
Judge George O’Toole ruled on Wednesday that Tsarnaev should hand over the money to his victims.
Prosecutor Nathaniel Mendell, the acting US attorney for Massachusetts, asked the judge to approve the seizure of money in Tsarnaev’s account, and O’Toole agreed.
Since his conviction, Tsarnaev has received more than $21,000 from various individuals living in Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland, money that, Mendell said, should go to the victims.
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He is said to have spent about $13,000 on himself in the years he has been in federal custody, while sending $2,000 to his siblings and others.
“Under the mandate of Congress, the United States has a legal obligation to collect restitutions owed to crime victims,” Mendell wrote.
Tsarnaev was convicted of participating in the planting of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev two pressure cooker bombs at the crowded finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
The two bombs, placed 210 meters apart, exploded 14 seconds apart at 2:49 PM.
The explosions killed Krystle Campbell, 29, eight-year-old Martin Richard and 23-year-old Lu Lingzi.
MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, 26, was fatally shot days later in a shootout with the brothers, which also killed Tamerlan.
Tsarnaev’s death sentence was quashed in July 2020, but the Supreme Court is expected to rule on its reinstatement this summer.
The issue of funds in Bureau of Prison accounts was first revealed by the Washington Post.
More than 20 inmates are reported to hold six-figure sums in their accounts, while others, such as sex abuser and former doctor Larry Nassar, have been allowed to spend thousands on themselves while paying victims very little of what they owe, according to the Post. .
About 1.5 million prisoners have received the Covid aid payments while behind bars.