Pearlman: return the money and go free?

Lou Pearlman, the creator of boy bands like Backstreet Boys and N’Sync just got sentenced to 25 years for fraud. From what i read previously in the papers he defrauded investors, a lot of whom were his own friends and family, out of about 300 million over a few decades. The judge has offered him the chance to buy his way out of jail to the tune of a million per month. This would make him a free man if he was able to return all the money, which he admitedly doesn’t have. Is this a precedent we want to set though? I think Lou is five pretty boys with ok voices away from walking away scot free out of a 25 year sentence, and while the investors getting their money back is a good thing i think there should be at least some punishment even if he pays back every penny.