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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s $1,400 stimulus check could be redistributed among victims

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. (FBI/Released)

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s $1,400 stimulus check could be redistributed among victims after acting United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts filed new paperwork Wednesday.

Court documents state that Tsarnaev received a $1,400 COVID relief payment on June 22, 2021 and it has been in an inmate trust account the last few months.

Tsarnaev, who is serving a life sentence at a Supermax prison in Colorado, was ordered to pay $3,000 as a special assessment and $101,126,627 in criminal restitution, according to court documents. It was first ordered in 2015.

Since then, Tsarnaev has paid $2,202.03, court documents state.

“Since his arrest, various individuals have provided funds to the Defendant,” court documents read. “As of December 22, 2021, the Defendant has approximately $3,885.06 in his inmate trust account.”

This includes the $1,400 stimulus check as well as other deposits ranging from $30 to $200 from residents in Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland.

“The Defendant, although not making payments to his victims, has made payments to other third-parties. The largest payment the Defendant made from his account was paid to his siblings for items such as ‘gifts,’ ‘support,’ and ‘books,’” court documents read. “These payments totaled $2,000.”

On April 15, 2013, Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev walked to a crowded area near the marathon’s finish line with backpacks containing homemade pressure-cooker shrapnel bombs filled with BBs and nails. They separated and stopped at spots packed with spectators. Dzhokar placed his backpack near an outdoor patio of a restaurant.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, 23-year-old Boston University student Lingzi Lu and 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell. The terrorist attack consigned several others “to a lifetime of unimaginable suffering,” the Justice Department wrote.


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