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Disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar has received $2,000 in stimulus checks

New reports show that disgraced USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has received two stimulus checks but paid very little of what is owed to his victims.

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Disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar has received $2,000 in stimulus checks
BRENDAN MCDERMID REUTERS

After the Department of Justice released a report on the FBI’s failures to handle the sexual abuse investigation into team doctor Larry Nassar, another story has hit the headlines. Larry Nassar has received two federal stimulus checks from behind bars.

Nassar is eligible to receive the checks under federal law. However, lawyers and officials began to notice that while his income from behind bars grew, Nassar had failed to pay restitution to several victims. Since being imprisoned, he has received over $13,000 in income, of which the $2,000 comes from federal stimulus checks.

As a part of Nassar’s judicial ruling, the courts determined that he would be responsible for compensating many of his victims.

What is Nassar mandated to pay his victims?

Earlier last week, the Washington Post reported on court documents made public that show Nassar has paid very little of the $60,000 he has been mandated to pay to some of his victims. Of the more than “$62,788.52 in monetary penalty" he is required to pay, "$57,488.52 is restitution for five victims.

The report was filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Fauson, who also highlighted that “Nassar has paid approximately $8.33 toward his criminal monetary penalties per month, despite receiving deposits into his account over this period totaling $12,825.00.

Officials have stated that his current prison account balance stands at $2,041.57.

US Olympic News and Nassar

In the wake of the Nassar scandal becoming public, all members of the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic team, known as the Fab Five, stated that Nassar victimized them.

This year, Simone Biles was the only member of the “Fab Five” team to return to the games. Biles has been very critical of USA gymnastics for their complicity in Nassar’s abuse. She and many other gymnasts who have worn the stars and stripes at international competitions blame the organization for their inaction in removing Nassar after assaulting athletes for more than two decades.

Biles has called on the organization to conduct an independent investigation into the failures of USA Gymnastics when it came to handling reports of abuse. An investigation with this scope has yet to be announced by the USA Gymnastics.

In an interview before the Tokyo Games began, Biles told NBC’s Hoda Kotb that these games were a chance for her to represent all those who survived Larry Nassar, saying, "I had to come back to the sport to be a voice, to have change happen."

She continued arguing that “if there weren't a remaining survivor in the sport, they would've just brushed it to the side. But since I'm still here, and I have quite a social media presence and platform, they have to do something."

Simone Biles shocked fans and her team this week when she withdrew from the Team Final event. Since Tuesday, she has also stated that she will not compete in the Women’s All-Around. The Olympic veteran has yet to announce if she will compete in the individual events scheduled to take place next week.