GOP Congressman Wants IRS To Investigate How Many Terrorists, Death Row Inmates Received Stimulus Checks
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A Republican congressman is demanding the IRS look into just how many terrorists and death row inmates received stimulus checks during the pandemic, after reports confirmed that dangerous criminals, such as the Boston Marathon bomber, received checks.

As The Washington Free Beacon reported, Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) sent a letter earlier this month to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig requesting “information regarding the payment of Covid-19 Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to incarcerated persons.”

In his short letter, Bacon requested answers to the following questions:

  1. How many EIPs have been disbursed to incarcerated individuals at the federal and state level?
  2. How many EIPs have been disbursed to incarcerated individuals on death row at the federal and state level?
  3. How many EIPs have been disbursed to incarcerated individuals serving life sentences without the possibility of parole?
  4. In what format have EIPs been disbursed – via paper check or debit card?
  5. How many EIPs were received as the recovery rebate credit?
  6. To date, what is the total dollar value of EIPs disbursed to incarcerated individuals?
  7. How many EIP requests are backlogged due to paperwork processing delays?
  8. Have EIPs that were clawed back by the IRS prior to the court decision been disbursed again?

The Daily Wire reported in January that the Boston Marathon bomber, who will not be named due to company policy regarding notoriety for mass murderers, received a $1,400 COVID relief check in the summer of 2021. Federal prosecutors reportedly sought to seize the money in order to pay restitution to the bomber’s victims.

At the time, Boston 25 News reported that the convicted terrorist’s account received numerous deposits after he was sentenced:

  • The Defendant received a $1,400 COVID relief payment on June 22, 2021.
  • Between May 2016 and June 2021, the Defendant received multiple deposits from the Office of Federal Defenders of New York. The amounts varied between $40 and $250, totaling approximately $11,230.
  • Between August 2015 and August 2021, an individual residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, made monthly deposits between $30 and $60, totaling approximately $2,555.
  • Between August 2015 and December 2017, an individual residing in Bloomfield, New Jersey, made monthly deposits of $50, totaling approximately $1,450.
  • Between September 2013 and December 2018, an individual residing in Frederick, Maryland, made periodic deposits between $50 to $200, totaling approximately $950.
  • $3,486.60 from 32 other individuals.

“In light of the Defendant’s payment history and incarceration status, the United States requests that this Court enter an Order authorizing the BOP to turn over all funds, held in the Defendant’s inmate trust account, including any funds subject to an administrative hold by BOP, to the Clerk of Court as payment toward the outstanding criminal monetary penalties imposed against the Defendant,” prosecutors said at the time. “The United States submits that the requested relief is reasonable and appropriate in this instance, especially in light of the Defendant prioritizing payments to his siblings over the victims of his crimes.”

The Free Beacon noted that after Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) warned out the potential for terrorists like the Boston Marathon bomber to receive COVID-relief funds, so-called fact checkers said he was wrong. They later backtracked after it was confirmed the Boston bomber did receive the funds.

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