At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Farah raided

Yesterday morning the FBI raided the home of Abdiaziz Farah, one of the seven defendants in the Feeding Our Future fraud case that has now been submitted to the jury. Farah’s home in Savage was first searched in January 2022 when the FBI executed warrants on several of the homes and business locations related to the case. At that time the FBI scooped up cash and evidence from Farah’s home. What were they looking for yesterday?

The FBI remains mum. The warrant authorizing yesterday’s search is under seal. Last night the public affairs officer for the Office of the United States Attorney here directed me to the FBI for confirmation of the search, but KARE 11’s Lou Raguse first reported it yesterday afternoon via X. Neighbors confirmed the search for Lou.

After the January 2022 searches a federal grand jury handed up indictments charging 70 defendants. Eighteen have pleaded guilty. After this first trial, 45 defendants have yet to be tried. Farah is certainly one of the lead defendants at this trial. When it comes to the fraud at issue, his Empire Enterprises made him a galactic millionaire via the federal meal program. His attorney has argued that it’s the American way.

Farah lied on a passport application the following March. His passport having been confiscated in the January search, Farah claimed that he had lost his original passport. He received a new passport that same day and booked a one-way flight to Kenya. Joey Peters covered this part of Farah’s saga for Sahan Journal. Lou recalled it in connection with yesterday’s raid.

This past Sunday evening a Somali woman dropped off a bag of $120,000 in cash at the home of juror 52 in Spring Lake Park. She referred to the juror by name and somehow found her home address. She promised more to come if the juror voted for acquittal. Juror 52 called the local police and turned in the cash.

The FBI collected the cell phones of all seven defendants in court on Monday. The FBI seeks to identify the party responsible for the bribe paid to juror 52. Judge Brasel thinks the universe of suspects is of less than galactic proportions. Jurors’ names were only made available to the attorneys involved in the case during voir dire. She infers that the perpetrator is among the seven defendants. By the same token, as deliberations continue today, we can infer that yesterday’s raid sought evidence bearing on the bribe of juror 52.

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