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Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners

Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners

Convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar’s two stimulus checks totaled $2,000.

When the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, there will be much criticism and condescension heaped upon public health professionals.

But sharing in the derision will be the politicians and fiscal bureaucrats who shuttered businesses across the country and doled out “stimulus checks” to replace income.

Additional ire will be directed to those who decided the prison population needed to receive tax dollars are part of the response to the pandemic.

The federal government doled out $783.5 million for incarcerated individuals as part of the American Rescue Plan, Fox News has learned.

In response to a public records request from conservative group American Crossroads, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed that the money flowed to 560,000 individuals who were incarcerated for the full tax year 2020.

Passed in March, the American Rescue Plan granted $1,400 in stimulus money to people making less than $75,000 per year.

“Earlier this year, every single Senate Democrat voted to give stimulus checks to violent criminals in prison,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in a statement to Fox News.

“Sending cash to murderers and rapists in prison has nothing to do with solving the pandemic or improving the economy. Now, the same people who sent hundreds of millions of dollars as gifts to these inmates want to spend trillions more in an even bigger and more partisan bill.”

The Republican senators warned that this development would not go over well Americans of all political persuasions. Still, the Democrats persisted.

There were over 500,000 inmates who received stimulus checks.

The revelation comes following a public records request from conservative group American Crossroads which pushed the IRS to release its figures confirming they distributed the aid to 560,000 incarcerated individuals for the full tax year 2020.

…Since Biden’s plan was passed through Congress back in March, it allocated $1,400 in stimulus funds to eligible Americans who earned less than $75,000 per year.

Both Sen. Cotton and fellow Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana tried to put the brakes on the critically needed monies going to prisoners back in March.

But their amendment failed to pass through the Democrat-dominated Congress, with lawmakers voting along party lines, Fox News confirmed.

Additionally, a federal judge also ruled that inmates were also eligible for the checks issued under the Trump administration, which ensured that some $1.5 billion in benefits went to 1.5 million prisoners. For example, 2 “stimulus checks” went into the account of convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar:

Not all prisoners received the payments. First of all, they would have had to file tax returns for 2019, or request the payments through an online portal, and inmates in solitary confinement or other close supervision may not have had access to the computers or paper forms needed.

As well, some prison systems have been seizing the funds in cases where inmates own back child support payments or victim restitution.

But in the case of Nassar, who is in federal prison in Florida, the stimulus checks appear to have gone straight through to his inmate account, despite orders for him to pay $57,500 in restitution to his victims.

The Bureau of Prisons allows inmates to keep unlimited amounts of money in their accounts and effectively shields much of that money from collection by various entities, The Washington Post reported.

Nassar, 57, was arrested at the end of 2017 and in February 2018 sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison, for sexually abusing hundreds of young female athletes. He was also convicted of possession of child pornography in 2017.

A look at Nassar’s account activity indicated he does not seem to be in a rush to give restitution to his victims.

Researchers are now studying ways to eliminate COVID19 “brain fog” that is being reported among some infected patients. I hope they find the cure soon, and use it on the politicians and bureaucrats who made this series of incredibly poor decisions.

In a nutshell: The Biden administration and the Democratic Party defunds the police while funding criminals. #Priorities


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What. The Hell. Happened .To.Sanity

Betting on buying the criminal vote no doubt

Everything, and I mean everything, is or sale in these United States of Amerika

    Don’t think it’s ‘insanity’. The left is pushing to have incarcerated people and career ciminals being allows to vote.

    Criminals are easy to buy. Even easier than a Biden or a Clinton.

    Olinser in reply to gonzotx. | August 2, 2021 at 1:56 am

    What happened is the government is staffed with loyal but incompetent Democrats that pay ABSOLUTELY NO PENALTY for idiocy like this.

    783 MILLION dollars. And not a single person will be fired or even demoted over this.

    This is the kind of insane incompetence you get when decisions are made by people that suffer absolutely zero consequences for being not just wrong, but catastrophically wrong.

Democrats have learned that not cutting a core constituency in on its own share of the plunder is just bad strategy.

it wouldn’t take all that long to construct 535 stocks
it would take even less time to place the pols in them

It’s part of the plan to bankrupt the country, I am convinced they are spending like there is no tomorrow so there isn’t.

2smartforlibs | August 2, 2021 at 7:28 am

Always nice to see when some working people didn’t get a share at all.

Offer the d/progressive the $783.5 million that went to prisoners for student debt if they can claw back the funds?

Since these prisoners have an income, the state should send them a bill for room and board! All other American taxpaying citizens had to cover the expenses of room and board even though they got a stimulus check!!!

I’m doing life wrong.

I studied hard, paid off my own student debt, and then worked for a living.

There’s just so much more $$ to be made as a grifter.

No wonder the D’s never lack for voters.