- 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.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said the indictments alleged the “largest pandemic relief fraud scheme charged to date.”
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