Feds want Alamo pay $2.5M restitution immediately

Associated Press/January 29, 2010

Texarkana, Arkansas - Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision to not force evangelist Tony Alamo to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution to the five victims in his sexual abuse case until his appeal is decided.

Federal prosecutors want U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes to reconsider the stay he granted Alamo, who plans to appeal his conviction and 175-year prison sentence for taking five underage girls across state lines for sex. Prosecutors say the restitution could be held by the federal court's registry while the appeal is pending.

Prosecutors say they're confident Alamo can afford the $2.5 million judgment even though most of his assets are held in his followers' names.

Alamo's attorneys oppose the motion.

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