U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly has ruled that it is “appropriate” for authorities to seize Robert Kelly’s commissary account for the purposes of paying court fines and restitution to victims.
Pitchfork has reported that Kelly’s commissary account currently holds $30,000. Of that amount, R. Kelly will retain $500, but $900 will be used to pay court fines and the remaining $28,600 will be applied to the amount of restitution owed to victims of Kelly’s crimes.
“The defendant has amassed nearly $30,000 dollars in his inmate trust account over the course of the last three years of incarceration,” a New York prosecutor told the judge, per Billboard.
“The defendant has not made any payments towards the substantial criminal monetary penalties imposed upon him at sentencing, even though payment was due immediately.”
Last year, R. Kelly was convicted of racketeering and eight counts of sex trafficking. Ultimately, he earned a 30-year prison sentence. After being convicted in the state of New York, R. Kelly was ordered to stand trial in Illinois. He is currently facing multiple counts of possessing child pornography and obstruction.