Tsarnaevs Got $100K in State Benefits: Report
Between 2002 and 2012
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2013 7:01 AM CDT
The mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, with the suspects' father Anzor Tsarnaev, left, speaks at a news conference in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Thursday, April 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

(Newser) – The Boston Herald may have had its request for records denied, but that hasn't stopped the paper from managing to learn the extent of the public assistance received by the Tsarnaevs: more than $100,000 between 2002 and 2012, including cash, food stamps, and housing, the paper reports. "The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning," says an insider. The finding comes by way of the state's House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which was given some 500 documents from the state upon request.

"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," the committee's chairman said. The documents haven't been publicly released. Meanwhile, the state's Department of Transitional Assistance is conducting a probe of its own: into whether the Tsarnaevs informed the agency about Tamerlan's Russia trip.

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Apr 30, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
Reports indicated that the senor Tsarnaev was working as an auto mechanic in the meanwhile which raises the question of whether they were really eligible to any assistance. Did welfare agencies investigate whether they had enough income to disqualify them from getting social assistance? This might also explain why they could find money for their travels to Russia. There is also no reference to the senior Tsarnaev doing any work in Russia. Did he go back with enough money to retire?
Apr 30, 2013 8:47 AM CDT
It's not about whether what they received was adaquate enough to support their family for ten years. It's about them being ON THE DOLE for ten years. If you have some integrity and pride you try to get off your ass and find a decent job. You go to school, you both work if you have to. You set a good example for your children. They came into this country supposedly as a benefit to the country like all immigrants should. Instead we have another family of indigent bums subsidizing their income (whatever that was) sponging off the government and creating a couple of home grown terrorists. They moved back to Russia when they finally ran out of ways of soaking the government for everything it was worth. Maybe we should consider kicking out all those other bums that came over here just to cheat the government and the tax payers that subsidize their laziness. As Captain John Smith once said and is still valid. You don't work, you don't eat.
Apr 30, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
nice bet we gave them the pressure cookers also!!!!!!!