• Reports: Tsarnaev family, suspected terrorists received $100K in welfare benefits


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The Boston Marathon bombing suspects and their family benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance, including cash, food stamps, and Section 8 housing, from 2002 to 2012, the Boston Herald reports.

    According to the Herald, a House Post Audit and Oversight Committee met for the first time Monday and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify.

    Much has been made about the money received from the Department of Transitional Services by the parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The boys reportedly were on assistance with their parents when they were young, then Tamerlan and his wife also received welfare until 2012.

    The state says they were not getting any welfare at the time of the bombings.

    Police said Tamerlan was killed in a gunfight with police in Watertown and Dzhokhar was later found hiding in boat and captured. He was transferred Friday from a Boston hospital to a federal prison medical center in Devens.

    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the bombing suspects, is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said.

    Amid the scrutiny, Tsarnaeva and her ex-husband, Anzor Tsarnaev, say they have put off the idea of any trip to the U.S. to reclaim their elder son's body or try to visit Dzhokhar in jail. Tsarnaev said on Sunday he was too ill to travel to the U.S.

    Tsarnaeva faces a 2012 shoplifting charge in a Boston suburb, though it was unclear whether that was a deterrent.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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