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Feds still seeking life insurance payout left by shooter in San Bernardino terror attack – San Bernardino Sun

Seven years after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino took the lives of 14 people, the last court case arising from the investigation remains unsolved.

The US government is still seeking to seize the $275,000 that shooter Syed Rizwan Farook left to his mother, Rafia Farook, who is the primary beneficiary of his life insurance policy. The government argued that the money was the proceeds of a crime and therefore could not be collected by a family member.

A stay in the case was lifted in March, when Enrique Marquez Jr. lost his bid to withdraw his guilty plea to supplying the weapons used in the December 2, 2015 assault at the Inland Regional Center. But no additional hearings have been scheduled in the life insurance case, which is being heard in federal court in Riverside.

“We are still pursuing forfeiture and are waiting for the court to determine any future hearings,” said Thomas Mrozek, a spokesman for the Justice Department.

Rafia Farook, also known as Rafia Sultana Shareef, was living in a Redlands townhouse with her son and daughter-in-law Tashfeen Malik when the couple went on a rampage. They died hours later in a shootout with the police.

“The policy benefits are assets obtained from a federal crime of terrorism. Specifically, in carrying out the San Bernardino attack, Farook intended to influence or influence government action through intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct,” a state court filing states.

Rafia Farook wrote in response: “Plaintiffs deny the allegations that the policy benefits are derived from a federal crime of terrorism or that they are subject to forfeiture.”

Minnesota Life Insurance paid the claim, but the court is holding the money until the case can be decided.

Rafia Farook was sentenced to house arrest in 2021 after pleading guilty to shredding the couple’s handwritten attack plan. She denied knowing about the attack in advance.

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