Yeah, the headline was correct … $250 million : Forty-seven individuals, primarily in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s large Somali community, have been charged for their roles in allegedly stealing $250 million in COVID-19 federal funds meant for a child nutrition program.
According to federal prosecutors, the 47 individuals charged across six indictments and three criminal informations committed conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering when they defrauded millions from the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, the 47 individuals allegedly used COVID-19 changes to the Federal Child Nutrition Program to oversee the massive fraud scheme via the Minneapolis-based Feeding Our Future and the for-profit restaurants as well as the food distribution services sponsored by the nonprofit. I mean, look, on the one hand this isn’t that surprising. Of course there’s going to be fraud. They were handing that COVID money out with pretty much no strings attached. Still. This is another level of dirty. Picture children falling asleep in Minnesota at night, holding their empty bellies to try and stop the hunger pangs from stabbing them, all so these scumbags could make themselves filthy rich: The scheme included Feeding Our Future allegedly claiming to open more than 250 Federal Child Nutrition Program sites across the state of Minnesota. Most of the 47 individuals claimed to operate these sites by filing fraudulent documents purporting to be feeding children, prosecutors allege. Three words: Lock. Them. Up.
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