Federal government indicts convicted murderers and sex traffickers who received COVID-19 stimulus checks, in which they were told to use the money to pay restitutions to their victims’ families, according to court documents reviewed by Fox News Digital.
Senate Republicans Wept Wrong last week after it was announced that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a $1,400 stimulus check under the $1.9 trillion dollar emergency relief bill known as the 2021 U.S. bailout plan, which was signed by President Biden last March.
Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and TedCruz, R-Texas offered a floor amendment at the time to block inmates’ checks, but it failed on a party vote, 49-50. Previous coronavirus relief bills also lacked language that prevented imprisoned criminals from receiving incentive payments.
“Senate Democrats have blocked my amendment to prevent inmates, like the Boston Marathon bomber, from receiving government stimulus checks,” Cassidy said in a statement to Fox News Digital last week. “It is an insult to the victims.”
federal officials in Massachusetts filed a petition with the court on Wednesday to order Tsarnaev to hand over the $1,400 COVID relief money and any other funds in his inmate account to be spent on the more than $101 million he owes his victims.
Tsarnaev is just one of several federal prisoners being charged by the federal government in an attempt to ensure that the stimulus checks are used to pay for their court-ordered restitution, court documents reviewed by Fox News Digital show.
Anthony Robinson, an inmate at the American prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, is serving a life sentence for the murder of two people. He was indicted by federal officials in August and ordered him to relinquish his stimulus money to be used as payment for the thousands he still owed in restitution.
Yancey Myers, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Gilmer, West Virginia, has spent 30 years behind bars for supplying a 23-year-old North Dakota man with a lethal dose of heroin. In August, a judge ruled that Myers’ stimulus money was not exempt from government confiscation and ordered him to hand over more than $1,000 for restitution.
Jonathan Dickerson, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, has spent 20 years behind bars for administering a lethal dose of fentanyl to a 21-year-old Maryland woman. He was ordered to hand over his $1,400 incentive check in August to get a refund.
James Johnson, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution Milan in Michigan, is in prison for 10 years for possession of stolen firearms. He was ordered to hand over more than $1,100 of his stimulus money to repay in August.
John Lattaker, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pollock, Louisiana, is serving 30 years in prison for armed robbery. He was told to give up his stimulus money to go to restitution in September.
Robert Carey Evans, an inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, who is serving a 10-year sentence for possession of child pornography, was ordered in September to relinquish his stimulus money for restitution.
Larry Norwood, an inmate at the Coleman US Penitentiary in Florida who is serving 19 years for sex trafficking, was ordered to give up his stimulus money to pay off his nearly $200,000 in restitution in October.
Omni Walton, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Forrest City, Arkansas, who has spent 19 years behind bars for armed bank robbery, was ordered in November to surrender his stimulus money for restitution.
In many of those cases, the judges found that the inmates’ COVID-19 relief receipts represented a “material change in economic conditions that affected their ability to pay restitution”.
When the Federal Bureau of Prisons was reached for comment, the Federal Bureau of Prisons sent Fox News Digital to an FAQ page on the Internal Revenue Service website, stating that the IRS will not make a payment to anyone in prison. can refuse if they are a US citizen or a US resident alien. if they are not claimed as dependent on another taxpayer, and if they also have a Social Security number valid for employment.
Fox News’ Peter Hasson contributed to reporting