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MSU Halts Payments To Nassar Victims Seeking Counseling Citing Concerns Over Fraud

July 26, 2018 - 7:53 pm

EAST LANSING (WWJ) - Payments to Larry Nassar victims seeking counseling have been suspending due to concerns over fraud.

The Healing Assistance Fund website connected to Michigan State University states: "Due to an investigation into fraudulent claims made to the Healing Assistance Fund, the university is suspending payments until the investigation is complete. Please check back to this website for future updates."

A $10 million fund was set up and became available to MSU health clinic patients and student-athletes whom Nassar abused, as well as the parents of these victims. It was set up at the direction of MSU’s Board of Trustees in December 2017.

Survivors and their parents who need a referral to counseling or mental health services may call MNCASA to be connected with qualified providers in their areas, no matter where they live. A dedicated 24-hour phone line is still in service Thursday evening, (866) 407-1240, at MNCASA is also active.

Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history.

According to a news release by the university, the terms of the settlement for 332 victims are as follows:

  • $425 million dollars will be paid to current claimants;
  • $75 million dollars will be set aside in a trust fund to protect any future claimants alleging sexual abuse by Larry Nassar

There are no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement.