47 accused of siphoning off $250 million from COVID-19 children’s meal program

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have unveiled charges against 47 people accused of siphoning off $250 million from a coronavirus pandemic relief program designed to provide meals to children in the biggest fraud scheme linked to the pandemic put in place to date by the Ministry of Justice.

Prosecutors described “a brazen scheme of staggering proportions” that exploited a federally funded program to serve needy Minnesota children during the pandemic.

U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger, Minnesota’s chief federal prosecutor, said the suspects used a local nonprofit known as ‘Feeding Our Future’ as a cover to claim reimbursement for meals never provided. , and would have used the federal money to buy luxury cars. , homes, jewelry and resort properties overseas.

“I salute the work of skilled investigators and prosecutors who have unraveled the lies, the deception and the mountains of forged documents to bring this complex case to light,” Luger said.

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