Judge Says Boston Bomber’s Stimulus Check Can Be Seized

Judge Says Boston Bomber's Stimulus Check Can Be Seized

(RepublicanPress.org) – On March 9, 2021, The Washington Post lashed out at Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) for predicting that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would receive a $1,400 stimulus check thanks to the Democratic-led COVID-19 relief bill. WAPO gave Cotton “Two Pinocchios” at the time for what it described as a “scaremongering” tactic. As it turns out, the senator was right all along.

On January 5, 2022, federal prosecutors filed a motion to authorize the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to turn over Tsarnaev’s COVID-19 relief payment. On January 6, a US District Court judge agreed with prosecutors and allowed them to seize the funds in his prison account.

According to prosecutors, Tsarnaev received the $1,400 payment on June 22, 2021. He also received thousands of dollars in payments from various other sources. However, he hasn’t been making payments to his victims. Instead, prison records show he made several payments to his siblings for items like “gifts” and “books.”

The court ordered Tsarnaev to pay a special assessment fee of $3,000 and $101,126,627 in restitution during his June 2015 sentencing hearing. But, to date, he’s only paid $2,202.03, leaving nearly $4,000 in his prison account.

Unfortunately, the judge’s decision amounted to a turnover order, which allowed prison officials to turn over Tsarnaev’s funds to prosecutors. Had the court issued a garnishment order, future funds would have automatically gone towards his restitution obligation. As things currently stand, prosecutors will have to petition the court for a new order every time Tsarnaev receives funds.

The Washington Post has since issued a correction, rescinding the Pinocchios it gave Cotton.

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