The United States Department of Justice accused this Tuesday 47 people in Minnesota for allegedly defrauding $250 million of a federal child nutrition program during the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19.
The United States Attorney General Merrick Garland assured in a statement that it is the largest plot of fraud detected so far in relation to the pandemic.
By organizing Feeding Our Future (Feeding Our Future), the defendants received millions of dollars from the Federal Child Nutrition Program which they used to enrich themselves instead of feeding the children.
The US Attorney’s Office accuses them of different crimes depending on their participation in the plot, among which is that of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery.
Feeding Our Future, founded by the defendant Aimee Marie Bockopened more than 250 false points food delivery throughout the state of Minnesota for enroll in the program and fraudulently obtain millions of dollars from the federal fund.
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One of the establishments falsely claimed that fed 5,000 children a day.
These resources were actually used to pay international travelto buy luxury vehicles and acquire properties in the states of Minnesota, Ohio and Kentuckyas well as in Kenya and Turkey.
The NGO took advantage of the fact that during the pandemic COVID-19the United States Department of Agriculture relaxed the requirements to provide aid for child nutrition.
Feeding Our Future went from receiving 3.4 million dollars in 2019 about 200 million in 2021.
“The Justice Department will continue to bring to justice those who have taken advantage of the pandemic for personal gain and have stolen from American taxpayers.” warned the attorney general.
(With information from EFE)