Feeding Our Bank Accounts: The Swag

We have reported many times on the Feeding Our Future scandal here in Minnesota. Minnesota’s Department of Education allowed taxpayers to be defrauded of somewhere between $250 million and $500 million in programs that ostensibly were intended to feed poor children during covid.

Of course, if you did the math, there aren’t that many poor children in Minnesota, and the facilities whose operators got the money couldn’t possibly have fed the many thousands of kids for whom they claimed reimbursement. The fraud was open and obvious.

The real moral of the story is that Democrats are not actually opposed to the government being defrauded. They think that the purpose of government is to take money from some and give it to others–i.e., the ones who vote for them. If hundreds of millions are obtained by fraud, so what? The dollars went to their friends and supporters. In the Democrats’ eyes, there is little difference between legitimate social welfare payments to qualified claimants and outright theft. Which, now that I think of it, should tell you something.

My colleague Bill Glahn has driven reporting on the Feeding Our Future scandal from the beginning. (As you can imagine, conventional news outlets would rather not.) Currently, the first batch of FOF criminal defendants are on trial in federal court in Minneapolis. Bill has been following the proceedings closely. On Friday he reported on some of the sensational evidence being presented to the jury:

As we close out another week of the trial in Minneapolis, prosecutors have featured many of the (alleged) ill-gotten gains of the free-food scheme.

A survey of recent headlines:

‘The next multi-millionaires will be you and me’ • Minnesota Reformer. Mentions a $975,000 house in Prior Lake.

Champagne in the Maldives — Sahan Journal.

Jurors in the Feeding Our Future fraud trial were shown pictures Monday of a person popping a champagne bottle at a private beach resort in the Maldives, and images of a Porsche, a Tesla, and a newly built apartment complex in Kenya.

The Sahan Journal is a newspaper that serves the Somali community here, and has done some good reporting on the scandal. A large majority of the FOF criminal defendants are Somalis. But it was also Somalis who tried to blow the whistle on the massive fraud when state authorities didn’t want to hear about it.

FBI agent shows Feeding Our Future jury cash, gold jewelry, luxury cars seized.

Wads of $64,000 in cash, gold jewelry from Dubai and a brand new Tesla and Porsche.

Fraud: it is good work, if you can get it. Of course, the defendants don’t admit that they were engaged in fraud. They say they actually fed some kids, and were just good capitalists with a profit margin of more than 90%. The government says they put in for ten times the number of meals they actually provided, which would explain the luxury properties, the overseas trips, the jewels and hot cars, etc.

What will the jury make of it? It will be interesting to see. A Minneapolis jury might acquit regardless of the evidence. However, the federal court in Minneapolis draws jurors from a much larger geographic area, and the jurors may not all be Democrats. So there is hope for the taxpayers.

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