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Minnesota Fraud Scheme
Nearly 50 people in Minnesota have been charged with laundering an estimated $250M in pandemic relief aid, which was intended to provide meals to children from lower-income families. The case is the largest fraud scheme to take advantage of federal pandemic programs, the US Justice Department said yesterday.
Prosecutors claim 47 individuals tied to Minnesota-based nonprofit Feeding Our Future falsely reported serving tens of thousands of meals to children across 250 sites and sought reimbursement for the cost of those meals from the Department of Agriculture’s Federal Child Nutrition Program. The individuals then allegedly laundered the funds through shell companies to buy luxury cars, property, jewelry, and other personal items. They have been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and bribery (see details).
To date, more than $8B in suspected pandemic fraud has been found, including in more than 1,500 criminal cases.
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Why is its that EVERY Gooferment program has a fraud problem?
And the bigger the program, the bigger the amount of fraud.
Interesting that private organizations don’t have the same level of fraud!