Wednesday, December 8

Larry Nassar has thousands of dollars but has not paid compensation

(CNN) — Infamous former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, currently serving a decades-long sentence in federal prison for sexual abuse, has failed to meet court-ordered criminal penalty payments, according to a new court filing.

A motion filed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice says that since Nassar’s incarceration, he has received deposits to his inmate trust account totaling $ 12,825, including two stimulus checks totaling $ 12,825. $ 2,000.

As of Wednesday, Nassar had a balance of $ 2,041.57 in his account, according to the motion. It is not clear where the additional money went, more than $ 10,000.

Nassar was sentenced on December 7, 2017 to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.

In addition, he was sentenced on Jan 24, 2018 to up to 175 years in Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. 156 victims spoke at the sentencing, who related similar stories of how they came to Nassar to receive treatment for sports injuries only to be sexually assaulted and to be told it was a form of treatment.

He is currently serving his federal sentence at the US Penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida.

Despite having money in his account, Nassar has only paid $ 300 of the more than $ 62,000 he was ordered to pay, according to the motion. He was ordered to pay US $ 57,488.52 in compensation to five victims in the child pornography case, along with an extra US $ 5,000 for a special assessment fee pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Justice Act of 2015, it said the motion.

All of Nassar’s severance payments have been “in the form of minimum quarterly payments of US $ 25.00 based on his participation” in the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program, the motion stated.

“In other words, Nassar has paid approximately $ 8.33 toward his criminal monetary penalties per month,” the motion said.

The motion requests that the court order the Bureau of Prisons to release the funds from your account, up to a maximum of US $ 62,488.52, to be applied to the pending compensation payments and the debt of the special assessment.

The motion includes a July 22 letter from the US Marshals Service to the director of the Colemen II Penitentiary in Sumterville, requesting that “all pending financial transactions and withdrawals from your trust account be frozen. of a new order of this Court, “says the motion.

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) told CNN that it “is committed to taking all appropriate steps to help ensure that inmates meet their financial obligations, including court-ordered payments to compensate women. victims “. As part of that process, he regularly reviews and monitors inmate accounts. The BOP also collaborates with other law enforcement agencies and periodically notifies the appropriate authorities, such as the US bailiffs and prosecutors, when it identifies funds that are likely to be confiscated.

The BOP took these steps in this case. As reflected in the public record, the government asked the court to order the release of all funds from an inmate’s account to satisfy a restitution sentence. The BOP will continue to review its policies in an effort to do everything possible to help ensure that inmates meet their critical financial obligations. “

Lawyers representing many of Nassar’s victims were outraged by the news.

“The idea of ​​someone at the Justice Department allowing this to happen is just disgusting,” said John Manly, an attorney for many of Nassar’s victims, including Simone Biles. “The timing of this, with my client unable to compete for what happened to him, couldn’t be more disturbing. … They are allowing the worst child predator in American history to spend thousands of dollars on himself and pay US $ 8 a month to your victims. Something is completely broken and needs to be fixed. “

Alex E. Cunny, one of the attorneys representing more than 150 of the girls and women who say Nassar sexually assaulted them, told CNN it was another “shocking revelation” by the Justice Department.

“The idea that Nassar is spending money on himself and not on the women he has abused is unacceptable, especially in the wake of the Inspector General’s report on how the FBI handled the initial investigation is another shocking revelation. Of how many ways is the Justice Department going to defraud victims? ” Cunny stated.

One July 14 report The Department of Justice found that FBI officials investigating the sexual abuse allegations violated agency policies by making false statements and failing to properly document whistleblowers’ complaints, causing a delay in investigating the allegations.

The Office of the Inspector General found that senior officials in the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office did not respond to the allegations against Nassar with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required, made numerous fundamental errors when responding, and violated multiple FBI policies while undertaking their investigative activity .

The investigation was opened in 2018 to see if the FBI and its field offices shuffled to respond to sexual assault allegations brought by gymnasts and the USA Gymnastics organization in 2015 and 2016.

The FBI acknowledged the serious flaws detailed in the report and said in a statement: “This should not have happened. The FBI will never lose sight of the damage that Nassar’s abuse caused. The actions and inactions of certain FBI employees described in the report are inexcusable and a smear for this organization. “

CNN’s Evan Perez, Devan Cole and Tierney Sneed contributed to this report.

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