At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Let the credit go

Bribing a juror is a an assault on the integrity of the legal system and a serious federal offense. On Sunday evening someone dropped off a bag of cash in the approximate amount of $120,000 at the home of one of the jurors in the first trial in the massive Feeding Our Future fraud case. The bribery is a shocking development, but illustrative of the millions of dollars that flowed to select Somali immigrants when the government opened the spigots in the Covid era.

The juror called the cops. She has been excused from the case. An alternate has taken her place. Late yesterday afternoon the case was submitted to the jury, which has been sequestered as a result of the bribery. Despite the number of difficulty and the proliferation of charges, I would guess that a verdict will be returned this week. The jury will certainly work overtime to get the job done.

Yesterday afternoon the government obtained a search warrant for the cellphones of all seven defendants. FBI Special Agent Travis Wilmer filed a 17-page affidavit in support of the application for a search warrant. This is paragraph 18 on page 6:

On June 2, 2024-the night before trial was set to conclude-at approximately 8:50pm, a woman approached the home of Juror #52 and rang the doorbell. Juror #52 was not home at the time. A relative of the juror answered the door. The relative described the woman as a black woman, possibly Somali, with an accent, wearing a long black dress. The woman handed a gift bag to the relative and said it was a present for Juror #52. The woman used Juror #52’s first name. The woman told the relative to tell Juror #52 to say not guilty tomorrow and there would be more of that present tomorrow. After the woman left, the relative looked in the gift bag and saw it contained a substantial amount of cash. When Juror #52 returned home and was told of the encounter, Juror #52 immediately called 911 to report the incident. The Spring Lake Park Police responded. Juror #52 gave the bag of cash to the Spring Lake Park Police. The bag of cash contained 100-, 50-, and 20-dollar bills, totaling approximately $120,000. This morning, the FBI interviewed Juror #52 and took custody of the bag of cash from the Spring Lake Park Police.

The cash was tendered in a Hallmark gift bag. This account in paragraph 18 is followed by these photographs on page 7.

And these photographs on page 8

All seven defendants were taken into custody at the conclusion of Judge Masel’s hearing on the government’s motion at the end of the day yesterday. I hope the FBI can crack the bribery case more expeditiously than the Center of the American Experiment arson case, which remains open four months since the Center’s offices were torched.

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