Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Big FBI investigation into fraudulent food programs for needy children


In affidavits filed in federal court, the Justice Department said it was investigating at least 15 different feeding operations. Together, the F.B.I. said, these groups — all of which were supposed to be overseen by Feeding Our Future — had received more than $65 million from federal food programs during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Almost none of this money was used to feed children,” the government wrote in one filing. “Instead, conspirators misappropriated the money and used it to purchase real estate, cars and other items.” 


the case has highlighted how the government’s reliance on nonprofits to help carry out an array of programs can increase vulnerability to fraud