A federal grand jury charged 47 people with running a “brazen” $250 million pandemic-related fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
The Minnesota-based Feeding Our Future is alleged to have billed the government for meals meant for children and adults in need but were never delivered.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland called it the “largest pandemic relief fraud scheme charged to date.”
Feeding Our Future is alleged to have 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 sites.
Andrew Luger, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, said the defendants “prioritized their own greed, stealing more than a quarter of a billion dollars in federal funds to purchase luxury cars, houses, jewelry, and coastal resort property abroad.”
The DOJ said the charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and bribery.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in January raided the organization’s office and the home of its founder and executive director, Aimee Bock. Bock denied wrongdoing at the time and blamed a “feud” with the Minnesota Department of Education for any alleged problems with the program.
Feeding Our Future is also alleged to have received $18 million in administrative funds that it was not entitled to.