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Prosecutors charge 47 'pandemic fraudsters' who fleeced anti-hunger children's charities

Aimee Bock, 41, is accused of knowingly submitting fraudulent claims for her contractors and racking up millions in fraud.

Prosecutors charge 47 ‘pandemic fraudsters’ who plundered children’s famine charities to buy commercial real estate, luxury cars, lavish homes and even a seaside property in Kenya

Prosecutors have charged 47 people in connection with a multimillion-dollar scheme to steal money from hunger programs during the pandemic, using their ill-gotten gains on luxury items.

The case filed in Minnesota claims the group stole $240 million by billing the government for children’s meals that did not exist.

It is believed to be the largest claim of fraud uncovered in any pandemic relief program to date.

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The federal Child and Adult Care Program and Summer Food Service Program are used to feed adults and children in day and after-school organizations and spend about $4 billion a year.

Court documents state that the co-conspirators were “bold” in their claims to the government.

One of the defendants said he fed 5,000 children a day in a second-floor apartment in Minnesota.

The indictment names Aimee Bock, executive director of the nonprofit organization Feeding Our Future, as part of the federal investigation into the fraud.

Aimee Bock, 41, is accused of knowingly submitting fraudulent claims for her contractors and racking up millions in fraud.

Aimee Bock, 41, is accused of knowingly submitting fraudulent claims for her contractors and racking up millions in fraud.

Andrew Luger, the US attorney for Minnesota, announced the charges at a news conference Tuesday.

Andrew Luger, the US attorney for Minnesota, announced the charges at a news conference Tuesday.

The scheme reportedly raked in millions of dollars a week because government officials trusted Bock to act as a “watchdog” to stop the fraud.

Andrew Luger, the US attorney for Minnesota, told a news conference: “This is a scheme that starts with Aimee Bock and Feeding Our Future.”

Bock, 41, has denied the allegations against her and defended herself and her now-defunct organization in previous interviews.

He appeared in federal court Tuesday morning and is one of 47 people implicated in six indictments and charging documents.

Feeding Our Future would provide the Minnesota Department of Education with reports on the number of meals its contractors served.

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Those reports would then be sent to the federal government for compensation, with the money passed on to their contractors.

During the pandemic, when schools and free meals were closed, refunds totaled millions a month.

Feeding Our Future received $3.4 million in federal food aid in 2019, $43 million in 2020, and $198 million in 2021.

Bock is accused in the indictment of overseeing a “massive scheme to defraud” and submitting the reports despite knowing they were fraudulent.

Well-known restaurateurs and former Minneapolis political officials are also involved in the fraudulent scheme.

This is a developing story

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