Tsarnaev $100K benefits
“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
But it’s easy to see why the government doesn’t want to talk about those welfare benefits, because WCVB in Boston has sources that claim the Tsarnaev family collected over a hundred thousand dollars’ worth of benefits from various programs over the past decade:
The House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight is reviewing hundreds of documents collected from state agencies that may have provided benefits to the suspects or their families since 2002.
Sources who have seen the 500 pages of documents sent to the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight told News Center 5’s Janet Wu that the Tsarnaev family — including the parents of the two bombing suspects, the two suspects themselves, their sisters, the widow of the suspect killed and their child — received “every conceivable public benefit available out there.”
One source told Wu that the amount of state, federal and local benefits totaled over a $100,000 in the past decade.
“I am concerned that the taxpayers and victims here may have been funding terrorists,” said Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Republican representing the 3rd district. “People have a right to know if that’s the case and they have the right to know immediately.”
These sources told WCVB that the panoply of benefits made available to the Tsarnaev clan included “Medicaid, SNAP – also known as food stamps – cash assistance, federal benefits like Social security disability which the father of the suspects received, as well as Section 8 housing.”