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Marathon bombing suspects had been on welfare

Published: Wed, April 24, 2013 @ 12:18 p.m.

Marathon bombing suspects had been on welfare

BOSTON (AP) — 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 today confirmed a Boston Herald report 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.


1redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Just another reason why welfare should be stopped now . If everyone on it should be made to go to work or starve.

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2walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

At least Tamerlan knew he could stretch his dollar by purchasing his fireworks at Phantom where he bought one Lock and Load mortaar kit for $199.99 and received the second kit free. I wonder if he was able to get this kind a deal on the pressure cookers? Terrorists on welfare...only in America.

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3seinfried(19 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

that is really sad ,, he got to stay home and learn how to make bombs to kill innocent people while we all paid for him..Only in America.

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4twin(18 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How does his wife work 70-80 hours a week and still get welfare? Welfare fraud.

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5redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

He was probably a registered democrat, so our Gov't took care of them.

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6DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Liberalism at it's pure Essence! And to top it off, they are PROUD of it!

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7dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

i would guess she worked off the books?

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8GlacierReview(7 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

That's the real bomb shell.....nice... Amazing

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9fatfrank(11 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How about if these guys are innocent? Such a lynch mob mentality in the US that I am uncomfortable even suggesting that media frenzy and pressure on police to find someone might have netted the wrong people.

But its a real possibility.

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