ABC NEWS: Tamerlan Tsarnaev And Family Used Welfare

Source: Colleen Curry / ABC News

Alleged Boston Bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was receiving government welfare in the years before he and his brother turned on the state of Massachusetts and allegedly killed 3 people and injured more than 200, the state confirmed today.

Tsarnaev and his wife, Katherine Russell, both received welfare benefits for their family, which included their young daughter, until they stopped meeting income eligibility requirements in 2012, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.

They would not describe what kind of benefits or how much money the couple received.

The timeline coincides with the years Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly became more radicalized in his Muslim beliefs. He was interviewed by the FBI in 2011 after Russia flagged Tsarnaev for his potentially dangerous views.

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