Arrest warrants issued for defrauding Nassar victims’ fund

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for seven people accused of defrauding a victims’ counseling fund Michigan State University established in the wake of a sex abuse scandal involving a former sports doctor.

Ingham County prosecutors issued the warrants Tuesday. The individuals haven’t been named.

They represent 22 felony counts for allegedly fraudulent payments of roughly $527,000 on the Healing Assistance Fund. Authorities say they also found about $52,000 in unpaid claims.

The school last year closed the fund after John Engler, its then-interim president , said nearly half of the $1.1 million distributed had gone to people trying to defraud the school. It established a similar fund earlier this year.

Larry Nassar worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He’s imprisoned for molesting athletes and possessing child pornography.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com