Should Be Fun Reading: 500 Pages of Welfare Records Handed Over on Tsarnaevs

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

So much for the privacy rights of a dead terrorist and one who’s locked up. We suspect that blabbermouth mother and dopey father won’t be returning any time soon. Now we just need all the records.

The chairman of a House committee vowed to get to the bottom of the two Boston Marathon suspects’ taxpayer-funded welfare and health benefits during a brief first meeting today.

“I can assure members of the public that this committee will actively review every single piece of information we can find because clearly the public has a substantial right to know what benefits if any, this family or individuals accused of some horrific crimes were receiving,” said state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), the chairman of the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee. “We also have an obligation to the public to make sure that only those who are legally entitled to receive these types of benefits continue to receive those types of benefits.”

The committee met for just 10 minutes, but Linsky said he plans to call officials from the state’s Department of Transitional Assistance to testify at a future meeting either this week or next.

His committee has received some 500 pages of documents to date, but has not released the vast majority of them to the public, citing a privilege DTA is asserting under state law.

So far, Linsky’s committee has demanded documents from DTA and the state’s Medicaid office.

State officials last week confirmed to the Herald that brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had received food stamps and cash benefits, raising serious questions about whether taxpayer dollars funded their activities — particularly a six-month trip Tamerlan Tsarnaev took to Russia.


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