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Did Boston Bombing suspects use welfare to fund terror?

FILE - This combination of undated file photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Credit: AP

According to the Boston Herald, investigators are poring over the Tsarnaev brothers' EBT receipts to see if they used their public assistance to fund terrorism:

A mountain of new welfare records shows numerous EBT card cash withdrawals made by the Tsarnaev family, but so far there is no information about how terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev and others may have spent the money.

The EBT receipts were handed over by the state to the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee as part of its probe into the Russian family’s $100,000-plus taxpayer-financed life in the Bay State. The committee met yesterday behind closed doors to review Medicaid and welfare awards. [...]

The purchases show specific stores, but not the items bought. But further details could be available to investigators. [...]

It is still unclear from the records whether any welfare cash was used to finance slain bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s journey to Dagestan from January to July 2012. The 26-year-old, who was finally entombed yesterday in an undisclosed cemetery, left his wife and child behind for the trip during which he made contact with Islamist extremists, authorities said.

The Herald was told the welfare records show the Tsarnaev family all using taxpayer-paid benefits. That help included Mass Health, housing assistance, food stamps and more.

State Rep. David P. Linsky, chairman of the oversight committee, said his goal is to make sure the welfare cash was “properly authorized and all the oversights were in place.” He declined to go into further detail, but said he hopes to make as much public as he can.

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