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Tsarnaev’s lawyer denies that Marathon bomber has prioritized paying family instead of victims

Earlier this month, prosecutors filed a motion seeking a federal judge’s order to turn over all funds in Tsarnaev’s inmate trust account to the Clerk of the Court.

Federal prosecutors want Tsarnaev to use the money currently in his inmate trust account, including a $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus payment, to pay his criminal penalties, including restitution to his victims. Tsarnaev's lawyer says those funds are under administrative hold and cannot be accessed.


The lawyer for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev denied the government’s assertion that Tsarnaev has prioritized sending money to his siblings over making restitution payments for his victims and said he is unable to access the thousands of dollars that people have sent him in the years since he was convicted, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Earlier this month, then-Acting US Attorney for Massachusetts Nathaniel Mendell’s office filed a motion seeking a federal judge’s order to turn over all funds in Tsarnaev’s inmate trust account to the Clerk of the Court and be put towards payment of criminal penalties, including restitution.

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The government said in its filing on Jan. 5 that Tsarnaev had $3,885.06 in his account as of Dec. 22, 2021, but in the new documents filed Wednesday, his lawyer, David Patton of Federal Defenders of New York, Inc., said Tsarnaev only has access to $15 and the rest, including a $1,400 COVID relief payment from last June, was placed under administrative hold by the Bureau of Prisons.

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