Tsarnaev prison canteen cash leads to DOJ get-tough memo


A Justice Department memo urges prosecutors to push harder for restitution after complaints came in that killers and sexual predators evaded bills while behind bars.

So does Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose canteen account at Colorado’s Supermax — dubbed the Alcatraz of the Rockies — had crossed $20,000.

The memo, first reported by the Washington Post on Monday, states: “Prosecutors must request that sentencing courts order that restitution be immediately due and payable, but if courts order otherwise, prosecutors must propose setting payment plans at “the shortest possible time.” in which payment in full can reasonably be made.’”

The directive’s author, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, goes on to say prosecutors should “proactively” seek that money, the New York Daily News reports.

In September, a judge allowed federal prosecutors to take R. Kelly’s bill of nearly $28,000, money the disgraced singer’s lawyer said came from superfan donations, to pay his sex trafficking victims.

Now they want more, reports the Daily News.

As the Herald first reported, last winter a federal judge granted a request by Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Nathaniel Mendell to seize $21,071 from Tsarnaev’s prison cafeteria bill.

That money included a $1,400 COVID stimulus check sent to Tsarnaev — a payout that Congress was targeting.

The order states that federal prison officials are “authorized to transfer” all funds, including any funds subject to administrative withholding, in Tsarnaev’s account to the clerk.

But that order did not cover future donations to Tsarnaev’s canteen account. A new motion would have to be introduced for those potential future funds.

“It’s a shame,” said Bob Hood, the former director of the Florence, Colorado Federal Correctional Complex, where Tsarnaev is incarcerated for life. “He should pay a refund every month, even if it’s a token amount.”

Hood added that “the public would be shocked to know he can spend up to $285 a month” in the prison cafeteria.

Tsarnaev admitted his role and was convicted of the April 15, 2013, marathon bombing. The student at UMass Dartmouth at the time of the bombing, and his older brother, Tamerlan, detonated the two bombs at the finish line of the marathon, killing three people. lost their lives and more than 260 others were injured and maimed. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed three days later in a manhunt – run over by his brother who fled in a car.

The bombing killed Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Campbell, 29; and Lu Lingzi, 23. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot execution-style days later by the Tsarnaevs on the run. Boston police officer Dennis Simmonds, 28, wounded in that Watertown shooting, died in April 2014.

He is awaiting a final court ruling on his death sentence.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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