IRS Under Investigation for Possible Handouts to Terrorists

IRS Under Investigation for Possible Handouts to Terrorists

( – Lawmakers are probing blunders by the Internal Revenue Service that ended up seeing COVID stimulus checks sent to incarcerated criminals, including terrorists and death row inmates.

On February 9, Representative Don Bacon (R-NE) wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig asking for information on how many stimulus checks were sent to prison inmates, and how many of the inmates who received them are on death row. The letter was a follow-up to a warning last March by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) about checks going to convicted terrorists.

At the time, Cotton was ridiculed; the Washington Post’s “fact checker” awarded him two Pinocchios for making a false claim – but was forced to back down after Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a $1,400 check.

Last year, Cotton tried to amend the stimulus check legislation to prevent handouts to inmates, but was defeated after every Democratic senator voted against the change. Now, Bacon wants to know exactly how much taxpayers’ money has been handed out to criminals. The goals of the stimulus program were to help ordinary Americans make it through the COVID crisis, and support businesses by injecting money into the economy and stimulating demand. Inmates didn’t need help, so why were they given any money?

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