THE Boston marathon bomber received a Covid relief stimulus check worth $1,400, causing widespread outrage.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 28, was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to death for the bombings in April 2013 which killed three people and injured more than 260.
Tsarnaev, who is being held at the Colorado supermax prison, received a stimulus check worth $1,400 in June 2021, as part of the federal government’s coronavirus relief fund which is available to all Americans.
The information was revealed in a court filing January 6 which caused many people to take to social media to air their anger at the move.
One commentator said on Twitter: “There's shortages everywhere, no test availability but hey! The Boston bomber got $1,400 from the federal government. What is going on!”
Another wrote: “Awful and disgusting.”
A third simply added: “Mindless.”
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As part of his sentence, Tsarnaev was ordered to pay $101million to the victims.
Tsarnaev has only paid $2,202.03 so far, according to Mendell 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 Wednesday that Tsarnaev had to hand over the funds to his victims.
Prosecutor, Nathaniel Mendell, the acting US attorney for Massachusetts, asked the judge to approve the seizure of funds in Tsarnaev's account, and O'Toole agreed.
Since Tsarnaev has been sentenced he has received more than $21,000 from various individuals living in Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland, money which, Mendell said, should go towards the victims.
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He is said to have spent around $13,000 on himself in the years he has been in federal custody, while sending $2,000 to his siblings and others.
“By Congressional mandate, the United States has a statutory duty to collect restitution owed to crime victims,” Mendell wrote.
Tsarnaev was convicted of joining his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planting two pressure-cooker bombs at the crowded finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
The two bombs, placed 210 yards apart detonated 14 seconds apart at 2.49pm.
Killed in the blasts were Krystle Campbell, 29, eight-year-old Martin Richard and 23-year-old Lu Lingzi.
MIT campus police officer, Sean Collier, 26, was fatally shot in a shoot-out with the brothers days later that also left Tamerlan dead.
Tsarnaev's death sentence was overturned in July 2020, but the Supreme Court is expected to rule on reinstating it this summer.
The issue of funds in Bureau of Prison accounts was first exposed by the Washington Post.
It’s reported more than 20 inmates keep 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 are owed, the Post said.
Some 1.5million prisoners have received the Covid relief payments while serving time behind bars.
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