A federal judge agreed to let federal prosecutors use convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus payment, as well as other money held in his inmate trust account, to help pay the millions of dollars he was ordered to pay his victims, The Wall Street Journal reports. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston asked a judge to order the federal Bureau of Prisons to turn the money over to the court “as payment towards his outstanding criminal monetary penalties, including unpaid special assessment and restitution.” In addition to the stimulus payment, Tsarnaev, who’s being held at a maximum security prison in Colorado, has received money from dozens of sources during his incarceration, including the federal public defender’s office and regular payments from individuals living in Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland.
As of Dec. 22, Tsarnaev had $3,885 in his account. He was convicted in 2015 of 30 charges in connection with the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others. In 2016 he was ordered to pay a $3,000 special assessment and more than $101 million in criminal restitution. So far, Tsarnaev has paid a little more than $2,200 of that. Although he has not paid a penny in restitution, Tsarnaev has used his inmate account to pay his siblings for items such as “gifts,” “support,” and “books.”