MINNEAPOLIS — There is a new twist within the largest COVID-19 fraud case within the nation.
Feeding our Future is accused of working a scheme that stole $250 million meant to feed hungry children in the course of the peak of the pandemic. Federal prosecutors charged 48 folks earlier this week.
In a current information convention, Gov. Tim Walz mentioned the Minnesota Division of Training’s palms had been tied by a court docket order for it to renew meals program funds regardless of issues the state had raised. He mentioned the Ramsey County District Decide John Guthmann ordered the schooling division in April 2021 to renew funds to Feeding our Future, and that the court docket held the state company in contempt.
“The courts pressured us to return and pay it once more,” Walz mentioned.
On Friday evening, the Ramsey County choose delivered a really uncommon public rebuke, calling the remark inaccurate. He mentioned he by no means ordered the schooling division to renew funds to Feeding Our Future.
“As the general public court docket file and Decide Guthmann’s orders make plain, Decide Guthmann by no means issued an order requiring the MN Division of Training to renew meals reimbursement funds to FOF,” the court docket’s information launch mentioned. “The Division of Training voluntarily resumed funds and knowledgeable the court docket that FOF resolved the ‘severe deficiencies’ that prompted it to droop funds briefly. All the MN Division of Training meals reimbursement funds to FOF had been made voluntarily, with none court docket order.
The Minnesota Division of Training responded in an announcement, saying partially: “The court docket made it clear that if MDE had been to proceed the authorized combat to withhold funds, MDE would incur sanctions and authorized penalties.”
The alleged chief of the fraud scheme, Aimee Bock, pleaded not responsible. She gave up her passport and agreed to not journey and was launched from custody.
Investigators say Bock and conspirators created an elaborate community throughout the state that took benefit of COVID guidelines meant to assist children in the course of the top of the pandemic, and pocketed $250 million to fund lavish life for themselves.
Prosecutors say they is probably not executed submitting prices within the case.
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