“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," U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in the statement. We will continue to use every tool available to seek justice on behalf of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks.”
Authorities are still investigating the attacks, which they say Farook, his wife, and a co-conspirator, Enrique Marquez, Jr., began planning as far back as 2011.
The case prompted a legal fight between the Justice Department and Apple, which refused to unlock an iPhone that Farook used. The government eventually said it had managed to access the data stored on the phone.
During their investigation of the family, federal officials arrested three others with links to the attackers — the older brother and sister-in-law of Farook, plus Marquez's wife — on charges related to a possible sham marriage. They don't face any terror-related offenses.
Andrew Blankstein is an investigative reporter for NBC News. He covers the Western United States, specializing in crime, courts and homeland security.