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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Report: Tsarnaev Family received $100,000 Welfare Benefits

By Susan Duclos

The family of the two men suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings reported has received more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, the Boston Herald reports.
The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.

“The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning,” said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.

The state has handed over more than 500 documents to the 11-member House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which today met for the first time and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify.

“I can assure members of the public that this committee will actively review every single piece of information we can find because clearly the public has a substantial right to know what benefits, if any, this family or individuals accused of some horrific crimes were receiving,” said state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), the committee’s chairman.

Linsky’s committee has requested documents from the DTA, the state’s Medicaid director and Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz. But so far the committee has not released the records publicly, citing a privilege the DTA is asserting under state law.
That does not include the cost of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's public defender which is being provided to him by the state.

The attack on America by blowing people up at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is a hell of a way for them to say "Thank you."