Five found guilty in $40 million scheme to steal from federal food aid program

After a seven-week trial, a jury found five defendants guilty for their part in exploiting government funding for a program created to feed low-income children after school and during the summer.

The defendants received more than $40 million from the Department of Agriculture for 18 million meals at 50 food sites across Minnesota, which was overseen by the nonprofit organizations Partners in Nutrition and Feeding Our Future.

Two defendants tried in the case were found not guilty. An additional 63 individuals charged for their part in the scheme are still awaiting trial. The FBI has claimed it is the largest COVID-19 pandemic fraud case in the country with $250 million allegedly stolen.

“The verdict confirms what we’ve known all along, which is that defendants falsified documents, they lied and they fraudulently claimed to be feeding millions of meals to children in
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