Report: Boston Marathon bomber among recipients of Biden’s $1,400 COVID relief checks

When Congress was debating President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan last April, some Republican critics warned that the $1,400 relief checks being offered up to Americans could end up going to some criminals behind bars. And it seems their concerns were well-warranted.

According to The Daily Wire, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two terrorists involved in the deadly attack at the Boston Marathon in April 2013, did, in fact, receive one of those stimulus checks from Biden and the Democrat-controlled chambers of Congress.

The development came to light after federal prosecutors filed a motion seeking to seize the funds from Tsarnaev’s prison account to go toward restitution he was ordered to pay to the victims of the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured hundreds more.

Terrorist gets stimulus check

Boston news outlet WFTX was the first to report on the recent court filing by acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Nathanial Mendell that sought to lay claim to all of the funds in Tsarnaev’s inmate account.

Those funds, which totaled $3,885 as of Dec. 21, would be used “as payment towards his outstanding criminal monetary penalties, including unpaid special assessment and restitution.”

The filing reportedly went on to explain that in addition to the $1,400 relief check deposited in Tsarnaev’s account in June, the terrorist has also been the recipient of tens of thousands of dollars more from other sources since first being incarcerated in 2013.

According to WFTX, that includes more than $11,000 over the past five years from the Office of Federal Defenders of New York; approximately $5,000 total from three unnamed individuals in Indiana, Maryland, and New Jersey; and just under $3,500 more from another 32 unnamed individuals across the country.

Prosecutors also noted that instead of making payments on his fines and restitution, Tsarnaev instead made about $2,000 in payments to other “third-parties,” including his siblings.

“In light of the Defendant’s payment history and incarceration status, the United States requests that this Court enter an Order authorizing the [Bureau Of Prisons] to turn over all funds, held in the Defendant’s inmate trust account, including any funds subject to an administrative hold by BOP, to the Clerk of Court as payment toward the outstanding criminal monetary penalties imposed against the Defendant,” prosecutors said in the filing.

Cotton vindicated

As reported by Newsweek, Republicans in Congress fought unsuccessfully last spring to prohibit convicted inmates — particularly murderers and terrorists — from receiving the relief intended for Americans suffering the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was at the forefront of that fight, and on Friday, he quipped, “Fact check: true,” as he shared a tweet he first posted in March 2021, which read:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber, murdered three people and terrorized a city. He’ll be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats’ “COVID relief” bill.

Cotton also called out The Washington Post over a “fact check” last year that labeled him a liar for that claim, writing in another tweet:

Now that the Boston Bomber received his stimulus check from Biden’s slush fund, I’m looking forward to the @washingtonpost updating this fact check. Remember — every Democratic Senator voted against my amendment that would have stopped prisoners from getting checks.

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