DOJ Charges 47 In $250M Pandemic Fraud Scheme

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced criminal charges against 47 defendants for allegedly defrauding taxpayers of $250 million by exploiting a child nutrition program.

  • Scammers began defrauded taxpayers after federal government waived security measures for the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Defendants allegedly defrauded the FCNP and used proceeds to buy luxury vehicles, residential and commercial real estate in Minnesota, property in Ohio and Kentucky, and real estate in Kenya and Turkey.
  • The money allegedly also funded international travel.
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