Feds seize Larry Nassar's stimulus checks for victim restitution

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

A federal judge Thursday ordered the seizure of about $2,000 from the prison account of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor accused of sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women and the money will go to five of his victims.

The $2,041.57 marks the first substantial payment for victims as part of Nassar's punishment stemming from a 60-year sentence on a federal child porn charge. He also pleaded guilty in Ingham and Eaton counties to state charges of sexually assaulting female gymnasts.

A federal judge Thursday ordered the seizure of about $2,000 from the prison account of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor accused of sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women and possessing child pornography, and the money will go to five of his victims.

The money that is being given to victims is two federal stimulus checks Nassar received earlier this year.

The order by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff comes one month after prosecutors faulted Nassar for paying only $300 in penalties despite receiving $12,825 in the three years since he was sent to federal prison. 

As part of his conviction, Nassar was ordered to pay $57,489 in restitution and a $5,000 special assessment.

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