|THREE MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MARATHON BOMBING INVESTIGATION|
BOSTON – Three men were arrested and charged on May 1, 2013, in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.
Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, both of New Bedford were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy, conceal and cover up tangible objects belonging to suspected Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, namely a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. A third man, Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, was charged with willfully making materially false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. According to the affidavit accompanying the complaint, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are both nationals of Kazakhstan who entered the United States on student visas. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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The FBI is encouraging individuals and families that were directly impacted by the bombings to contact the FBI Victim Assistance Call Center at 1-800-331-0075 to provide their information. Victims will be put in contact with the FBI Office for Victim Assistance. Additional information and resources can also be found on the MOVA website.
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