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After the Justice Department released a report on the FBI’s failures in handling the sexual abuse investigation against the US gymnastics team doctor, another story has made headlines. Larry Nassar has received two stimulus checks while serving his sentence for sexual abuse in jail.
According to federal law Nassar is entitled to receive stimulus checks, however, attorneys and officials they began to notice that his income increased while he was in prison.
But nevertheless, Nassar had failed to pay compensation to several of his victims since part of the judicial sentence the courts determined that it would be responsible for paying the damage to each one of them.
An investigation by the Washington Post newspaper revealed that since Nassar was imprisoned, has received more than $ 13,000 in income, of which $ 2,000 comes from federal stimulus checks.
The report shows that Nassar has paid very little of the $ 60,788.52 that a court ordered him to pay, $ 57,488.52 corresponding to five of his victims, the newspaper said.
Simone Bile, one of the victims of sexual abuse
In 2016 the members of the United States Olympic gymnastics team, known as the Fab Five, stated that they were sexually abused by Nassar.
Olympic champion Simone Biles is the only member of that team to compete this year at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Biles along with other gymnasts has blamed the organization for its inaction in removing Nassar after assaulting female athletes for more than two decades.
In January 2018, Nassar was sentenced to 60 to 75 years in a Michigan state prison. after being convicted of seven counts of sexual assault on minors when he was a doctor for the United States national gymnastics team.
Biles revealed in Vogue in 2018 that when she realized the sexual abuse that Nassar suffered, she went through very dark moments where she suffered depression, she slept very little “because for me, it was the closest thing to death, without the need to harm me” declared the champion.
Biles has applied to the USA Gymnastics organization to carry out an independent investigation into the findings of the abuse allegations. More than two hundred gymnasts have sued USA Gymnastics but many have not reached a settlement after the organization declared bankruptcy in 2018.
how about you amaze me and do the right thing… have an independent investigation https://t.co/58Gc9QUk76
– Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) March 14, 2020
Related: Simone Biles, the extraordinary life of the Olympic gymnast who overcame a harsh childhood and sexual abuse
Before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics began, Biles said in an interview with NBC that the Olympics represented an opportunity for she could represent everyone who survived Nassar’s abuse.
Biles surprised the United States this week when she announced that she was withdrawing from the final team event and declaring that she would not compete in the women’s all-round.
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