Prosecutors Request Seizure of Boston Marathon Bomber’s Prison Funds

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Zhokhar Tsarnaev spent thousands without paying the compensation due to the victims; prosecutors want to claim those funds

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Tsarnaev had paid $2,202 out of $101.1 million in criminal restitution and other court fees, according to Wednesday’s filing. According to those documents, he had $3,885 in his trust account at the end of December.

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“The defendant, although not paying his victims, has paid other third-parties,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors said Tsarnaev, using his prisoner account, made his biggest payments to his siblings for items labeled as gifts, supports and books, totaling $2,000.

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According to the proposal, they received $1,400 COVID-19 relief payments in June, $11,230 from the New York nonprofit Federal Defenders, and more than $8,400 from dozens of individuals.

A federal court ruled last year that eligible prisoners were eligible for federal stimulus payments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Representatives for the Federal Defenders of New York declined to comment.

If granted, the order would be a turnover order, not a garnishment order, meaning a new one would have to be filed each time money was transferred from Tsarnaev’s account to the court.

A Justice Department spokesman said Boston Marathon bombing victims would receive 100% of the funding.

“It has been a focus … for us to advance the prisoner trust balance in cases appropriate to it,” the spokesperson said. “We usually wait until equilibrium has reached a point where it suits us.”

Prisoner Trust accounts are managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and allow inmates to obtain prison employment and funds from outside sources. A bureau spokesperson declined to comment.

A lawyer representing Tsarnaev did not respond to a request for comment.

Tsarnaev, now 28, and his brother Tamerlan, a Chechen immigrant from Kyrgyzstan who followed al Qaeda propaganda online, planted bombs in a 2013 terrorist attack that killed three people and hundreds of others near the finish line of the mythical race. were injured.

The brothers fled the scene, committing a spate of additional crimes, including the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer. Within days, officers identified the suspects, which were followed by raids in the Boston area. Tamerlan was killed in a confrontation with police, while Djokhar, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student, was captured the next day.

Tsarnaev is being held in a super-maximum security prison in Florence, Colo. A US district court sentenced Tsarnaev to death, but in 2020 a federal appeals panel in Boston set that ruling aside, concluding that the trial judge made multiple errors in the sentencing. testing.

The Justice Department, despite Attorney General Merrick Garland’s moratorium on the federal execution, appealed to the Supreme Court in October and asked for the sentence to be reinstated.

Write to Omar Abdel-Baqui at [email protected]

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Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to claim money in the account of Zhokhar Tsarnaev. The judge has not reached any decision. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the motion had been approved. (Corrected January 11.)

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