By Corinne Murdock
Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) voted to give convicted serial sex abuser and former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar stimulus checks, along with other violent criminals. Kelly voted with the rest of his Democratic colleagues to grant stimulus checks to convicted serial killers, rapists, terrorists, and sex offenders.
Nassar received two stimulus payments totaling $2,000. However, his victims won’t be seeing the money Kelly voted to grant him anytime soon. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has reportedly allowed Nassar to pay out a meagre $100 annually toward the $57,000 he owes in restitution and over $5,000 in special assessment. The court filings also reportedly indicate that Nassar has ignored those debts, while spending over $10,000 of a total $12,825 he’s received while in prison to cover his commissary, email, and phone expenses. This information was submitted in a motion by U.S. attorneys to U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff in the Western District of Michigan on Wednesday.
The Department of Justice would collect more than the annual $100 for restitution, but it can’t currently. Nassar is one of many federal inmates taking advantage of a prison bureau policy barring collection from their accounts.
Following the court filing, Republicans have asked the Biden Administration to take action. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) submitted a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland inquiring why inmates may continue to use deposit accounts without complying with financial sentencing obligations.
“Unfortunately, these facts give the appearance that the Department of Justice places greater importance on Nassar’s comfort than on collecting the debt he owes to his victims,” said Wicker. “This situation sends a troubling message about our justice system’s priorities, not only to the athletes he abused but to victims of sexual misconduct everywhere. Continuing to allow a sexual predator to maximize his comfort in prison while ignoring obligations he incurred as part of his sentencing adds grave insult to the injuries sustained by his victims and the entire U.S. Olympic community.”
Nassar’s alleged victims include U.S. Olympians Simon Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney. Over 300 women and one man testified against or came forward with their own stories of Nassar’s abuse during his trials.
The former sports doctor was sentenced to 235 years in prison, collectively, for criminal sexual conduct and federal child pornography charges.
A detailed timeline of Nassar’s career, crimes, and prosecution can be found here.
Corinne Murdock is a contributing reporter for AZ Free News. In her free time, she works on her books and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter, @CorinneMurdock or email tips to email@example.com