Nassar's foundation appears to have violated state law since 2014
Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar’s Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation appears to have been non-compliant with Michigan law since 2014.
A representative from the Michigan Attorney General’s office confirmed that the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation is required to register annually, and their most recent registration expired in 2014.
Cached versions of the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation website show that the Foundation was soliciting credit card donations as recently as July 2016.
Nassar is accused of sexually abusing his patients and other young women with whom he had contact. He was arrested in December 2016 on charges of possessing "at least 37,000" images of child pornography.
“It’s a way of taking my personal life with my daughter with autism (and) combining it with my professional life with gymnastics," he said in the previous State News article.
The Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation was created to start a program for gymnastics clubs to help them develop programs and a safe environment for special needs children, according to a cached version of the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation website, gdafoundation.org.
A representative from the IRS confirmed the foundation was of a class of organizations that are only required to file Form 990-n, called an . E-Postcards are exclusively for organizations that make less than $50,000 per year, and they public charities to divulge their financial information.
The Michigan Attorney General’s Charitable Solicitations Office regulates Michigan-based charities and enforces laws on their operation.
Although organizations making less than $25,000 per year may be exempt from providing detailed financial accounting information, they are each year, which the Attorney General’s office is at liberty to deny.
A cached version of the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation website from October 2016 shows that the organization intends to raise money through corporate and individual donations, as well as through gymnastics competitions.
The meets featured appearances by star gymnasts like Alicia Sacramone and children with developmental disabilities were encouraged to participate.
Klages retired from MSU after allegations came to light that she discouraged a gymnast from reporting Nassar’s sexual abuse as early as 1997. She is currently evading service as a defendant in multiple lawsuits against Nassar.
Representatives for Nassar did not respond to requests for comment.