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Marathon bombing suspects had been on welfare

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:01 p.m. HST, Apr 24, 2013


BOSTON » The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings killed in a shootout with police received welfare benefits from the state up until last year, when he became ineligible based on family income.

A spokesman for the state Office of Health and Human Services confirmed a Boston Herald report today that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and their toddler daughter had received benefits.

A lawyer for his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, has said that she worked 70 to 80 hours per week as a home health aide while her husband cared for their daughter.

The state says both Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his brother and the other bombing suspect, received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts.

Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.

State House Republican Leader Brad Jones said he's been in contact with state officials to try to determine the type and amount of the benefits Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his family received.

Jones said he's also asked that the state Department of Transitional Assistance verify that all family members met eligibility requirements when applying for public benefits.

"Obviously any past recipient of any past benefit could go on to do awful things," said Jones.

Jones said it's worthwhile, however, to see if the case highlights any shortcoming in the benefit system.







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cojef wrote:
A religious fanatic who accepted largess from the State and then murder its citizens, what an ingrate.
on April 24,2013 | 07:46AM
mcc wrote:
We paid for the pressure cookers with our tax dollars.
on April 24,2013 | 07:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
"This is my conviction and if you don't like it I have more," said Tamerlan.
on April 24,2013 | 07:58AM
50skane wrote:
Bite the hand that feeds you!
on April 24,2013 | 08:19AM
Mythman wrote:
This is instructive as the welfare state needs higher taxes to provide welfare benefits to immigrants converted to legal residents so they can vote for the politicians who give them the welfare benefits. Barry did not invent the welfare state - that credit belongs to Otto Von Bismark. A lo ha
on April 24,2013 | 09:47AM
Hotel wrote:
They took money from "infidels"? Shocking.
on April 24,2013 | 10:15AM
solobiker1 wrote:
Hey , Just to be safe Anyone on welfare for more then a year should be kicked out of the country.
on April 24,2013 | 10:26AM
Ripoff wrote:
wow
on April 24,2013 | 10:34AM
serious wrote:
Mass is a 100% Democratic state, just like HI--welfare is the thing!!! What's the issue??? Need those votes!!!
on April 24,2013 | 11:17AM
Anonymous wrote:
Wasn't Mitt Romney the Governor and Scott Brown the Senator? Both Republicans.
on April 24,2013 | 12:06PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
How did one of the suspects receive welfare payments while driving a luxury car and wearing pricey clothes? We need more oversight on welfare payments as it seems that is one of the areas where much of our tax dollars go to.
on April 24,2013 | 11:25AM
st1d wrote:
he must have voted democrat, often, like an acorn, growing and festering.
on April 24,2013 | 12:08PM
Usagi336 wrote:
Hey, it's the same here. Just replace the Benz with a lifted 4x4 with big tires and his fancy clothes for Hawaiian jewelry and he'd fit right in here. Well his wife will need more kids from different guys first because he'll need more money for the cost of living here.
on April 24,2013 | 02:26PM
lowtone123 wrote:
His wife worked the equivalent of two full time jobs so this guy could make bombs and plan his evil plot. L*SER!
on April 24,2013 | 02:46PM
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