A District Court judge in Boston has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to hand over Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's stimulus check. CBS News reports Tsarnaev received his $1,400 covid relief payment in June and will now be used to cover outstanding payments to his victims.
The surviving Boston Marathon bomber is serving a life sentence following the 2013 bombing. The attack killed three people and injured more than 200 when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line.
The Guardian reports that along with his death sentence, he was ordered to pay $3,000 special assessment, $101,126,627 in criminal restitution. He has only managed to pay $2,202.03 so far. Tsarnaev currently has $3,885.06 in his inmate trust account. Ever since he began his prison sentence, Dzhokhar has been receiving thousands of dollars from individuals across the country. He received $2,555 from someone in Indianapolis. Another person in New Jersey sent the man $1,450 between 2015 and 2017. A group of 32 other people has sent a collective total of $3,486.60.
He's using that money for gifts and other items and giving them to his family. Because of that, the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston has been arguing that the government has the job to collect restitution owed to Tsarnaev's victims. Within the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act, the law requires Tsarnaev to report any and all funds he receives to the U.S. government. The official court document has revealed that he has violated the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act.
Tsarnaev is now sitting in his prison cell waiting to see whether or not he will be executed. In 2021, the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to restore Tsarnaev's capital sentences. The Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision by this coming summer.