A federal grand jury has indicted 47 people for committing a “brazen” $250 million fraud related to the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.
Minnesota-based company Feeding Our Future reportedly billed the government for meals intended for needy children and adults but never delivered.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland called it the “largest anti-pandemic fraud scheme indicted to date.”
Feeding Our Future allegedly defrauded the federal Child and Adult Care Program and the Summer Food Service Program. The defendants allegedly billed the government for falsely claiming to provide meals to 2,000 children and adults at more than 200 locations.
Andrew Luger, the US Attorney for Minnesota, said the defendants “preferred their own greed and stole more than a quarter billion dollars in federal funds to buy luxury cars, homes, jewelry and real estate in coastal locations abroad.”
The DOJ said the charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the organization’s office and the home of its founder and CEO, Aimee Bock, in January. Bock denied wrongdoing at the time, blaming a “feud” with the Minnesota Department of Education for alleged problems with the program.
Feeding Our Future is also said to have received $18 million in admin money to which it was not entitled.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/doj-charges-food-program-47-people-brazen-250-million-pandemic-related-fraud-1838568?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution DOJ accuses food program, 47 people of ‘outrageous’ $250m pandemic-related fraud