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Boston marathon bomber received $1,400 in COVID-19 relief funds

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the surviving of two Boston marathon bombers, reportedly has $3,885.06 in his inmate bank account, holding funds that came from a COVID-19 relief check he received.

A federal court has now ordered him to turn over the $1,400 he received in coronavirus relief funds. Tsarnaev has reportedly also been slow to pay restitution to the victims, instead using the funds for various items for his siblings.

The court also ordered him to give the additional money he has to the victims. “The United States submits that the requested relief is reasonable and appropriate in this instance, especially in light of the Defendant prioritizing payments to his siblings over the victims of his crimes,” the prosecutors argued in court.

Federal Judge George O’Toole, of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, ruled in favor of authorizing the payment. 

Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, carried out the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon using homemade pressure cooker explosive devices packed with ball bearings and nails.

The attack, which took place near the marathon’s finish line, resulted in three deaths and hundreds of injuries, with 17 victims losing limbs. Days after the incident, following a massive manhunt with thousands of law enforcement officers, the brothers were finally spotted.

Tamerlan began firing at police, and Dzhokar ran him over as he tried to flee in a car the two had stolen previously. Tamerlan died from his injuries, which included gunshot wounds. 

The remaining brother was later found guilty of the bombing in 2015 and was sentenced to death and ordered to pay over $101 million in restitution. His death sentence is currently being challenged in court.

Tsarnaev’s bank account includes his coronavirus relief funding, which he received on June 22, 2021, as well as deposits from certain individuals and groups, one of which is the Officer of Federal Defenders in New York. So far, he has only paid $2,203 of the required $101 million, instead splurging on “gifts,” “support,” and “books” to his siblings, according to federal prosecutors.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BUSINESS INSIDER

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