Much of ex-inmate's $200,000 deal to go to victims
KANSAS CITY (AP) — An appeals court said a former federal inmate who got a $200,000 settlement over a prison injury won't get to keep much of it.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's ruling that more than $145,000 of Kappelle Simpson-El's settlement go toward the $433,000 in restitution he's been ordered to pay his victims.
Simpson-El was sentenced in 2009 to six years in prison for leading a ring that resold cars stolen from dealerships in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
While imprisoned in Arkansas, Simpson-El tore his Achilles tendon and sued the government, alleging his injury wasn't properly diagnosed or treated.
Before Simpson-El settled, the government warned him it would seize any payouts to him and apply them to his court-ordered restitution.