- R. Kelly did not pay any court costs, but his prison commissary had $27,828.24.
- Prosecutors asked the judge to order the seizure of the funds.
- Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering.
R. Kelly had $27,828 in his prison commissary, but he did not pay a cent in court costs and fines, according to federal court documents.
Federal prosecutors in New York on Thursday asked a judge to order the Bureau of Prisons to seize the money from his inmate trust account and release the money to the court clerk, court documents show.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year sentence after being convicted in September of racketeering and sex trafficking charges stemming from decades of recruiting and training girls and young women to engage in illegal sex.
A reparations hearing is scheduled for next month, when New York federal Judge Ann Donnelly will decide how much Kelly must pay victims of her crimes.
In addition to restitution, Kelly owes more than $140,000 in fees and penalties. Donnelly issued a $100,000 fine based on the conviction, plus a statutory $40,000 human trafficking fine.
Jennifer Bonjean, a lawyer representing the infamous R&B star, argued that Kelly was “very close to poverty” because he had no regular source of income and some stations refused to play his music.
Prosecutors, however, claim that Kelly embezzled millions of dollars from music royalties through a childhood friend before being convicted of sex trafficking.