Prosecutors Fight to Stop Shooter’s Family From Getting Benefits

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Legal battle is ramping up between the Feds and the San Bernardino shooter’s family.

In what was labeled as a terrorist attack, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, slaughtered 14 of their co-workers in gunfire at a holiday party on December 2 in San Bernardino, CA, and injured 22 others.  Now the federal government is suing to stop Farook’s family from collecting more than $250,000 in life insurance payments from his death. 

“Terrorists must not be permitted to provide for their designated beneficiaries through their crimes,” said U.S. Atty. Eileen Decker in a statement. “My office intends to explore every legal option available to us to ensure these funds are made available to the victims of this horrific crime. We will continue to use every tool available to seek justice on behalf of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks.”

Authorities have shown that Farook and a friend had been planning the terrorist attack since 2011.  The friend, Enrique Marquez Jr., is awaiting trial next year.

Also during the “planning process”, Farook purchased a $25,000 life insurance policy in 2012 after he began working for the county, then he purchased a second policy for $250,000 in 2013.   Both policies have his mother, Rafia Farook, listed as the beneficiary.

The government is seeking the seizure of the money, alleging that benefits gained from a terrorist act must not be permitted.

 

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