The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their
parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance
— a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from
2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.
“The breadth of the
benefits the family was receiving was stunning,” said a person with
knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.
state has handed over more than 500 documents to the 11-member House
Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which today met for the first time
and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional
Assistance to testify.
“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 committee’s chairman.
committee has requested documents from the DTA, the state’s Medicaid
director and Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz. But so
far the committee has not released the records publicly, citing a
privilege the DTA is asserting under state law.
assistance officials also told the Herald tonight that the agency was
conducting its own investigation into whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s family
ever notified the DTA about his extended trip to Russia, and has since
expanded its probe to include a full history of the benefits received by
the entire Tsarnaev family.
Snydemi made a huge point. We have folks in this country who live off the government and dont contribute in any way. The government has no way of knowing what the money is being used for when they hand it out to people.