Two men from the Columbus region among 47 billed a 250 million dollars in cocovable backup funds

World | Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 12:16 AM

Federal prosecutors say that two men from Delaware County were among 47 people involved in the plot to disappoint funds designed to feed children during the pandemic.

Two men from the Columbus region among 47 billed a 250 million dollars in cocovable backup funds Two men from the Columbus region are one of 47 accused accused in Minnesota in what federal prosecutors say they are a "cheeky program" to steal $ 250 million in federal cocvide funds by invoicing the federal government for free meals For needy children who did not exist. The United States Attorney General Merrick Garland called what happened with the non-profit organization to feed our future program in Minnesota "the biggest pandemic fraud program billed to date". Instead of providing free meals to children who are un served on non-educational sites operated by non-profit groups or for-profit restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Beyond, the federal authorities claim that the defendants took advantage of the federal demands intended to help children during the pandemic by falsifying the documents to obtain federal funds. Prosecutors say that defendants have used federal money to their own advantage - including for the purchase of luxury vehicles, international travel, residential and commercial real estate in Minnesota, Ohio and Kentucky; Beach property in Kenya and property on the Côte de la Mer Méditerranée in Turkey. Who are the two men of the county of Delaware confronted with federal accusations? Abdirahman "Abcos" Ahmed, 54, who has a house in the canton of Orange in the county of Delaware, is accused of conspiracy in order to commit money laundering and money laundering. The restaurateur owned the Safari Restaurant & Banquet Center in Minneapolis, a contemporary Somali and African cuisine restaurant, accused in court documents having received more than $ 16 million in federal funds after reporting several thousand pandemic meals to children every day. Ahmed moved to the Columbus region around 2018. During the pandemic in 2020, he and his wife opened Afra Grill Restaurant on Morse Road in the city's Northland region. A second location opened in downtown Easton and a third is planned in New Albany. The judicial files indicate that he bought his house from the county of Delaware for more than $ 290,000, bought a Lexus 2021 for more than $ 42,000 and helped to buy a commercial building of 2.4 million dollars on Stelzer Road of the On the northeast side of the city. Mahad Ibrahim, 46, who also has a house in the canton of Orange, is accused of conspiracy in order to commit fraud by wire, fraud by wire, conspiracy in order to commit money laundering and laundering silver. IRS court documents and files show that Ibrahim was the president of the Thinktechact Foundation, a non -profit organization of Minnesota, and the owner of the Foundry Learning Foundation Foundation, which operated from the same Office in a cooperative workspace at the Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota. Mind Foundry and Thinktechact, that the IRS Records indicate that the loss of its non -profit status in 2020, welcomed a dozen meal sites, indicate the files. Ibrahim is accused of illegally receiving more than $ 20 million in federal funds, a large part of which has been sent to owners of the Kitchen & Market Empire in Shakopee, Minnesota. Attempts to send to reach Ahmed in his two restaurants failed. A man who responded to a phone number for Ahmed and identified himself as a friend initially said that he did not know the accusations, then said that the accusations were "false allegations" and that Hmed had said " that they were targeting the community "before hanging up. Ibrahim refused to comment when he is reached by the dispatch. Senator Rob Portman: Covid-19 rescue fraud "probably the greatest fraud ever committed against the American people". The program served as false meals for false children, say the federal prosecutors Aimee Bock, founder and executive director of the food of our future program, was charged by federal prosecutors to have supervised the alleged massive fraud program. Judicial files indicate that feeding our future employees has recruited individuals and entities to open more than 250 federal sites of the children's nutrition program in Minnesota. The employees of the non-profit organization would have taken bribes and bribes to admit certain people and entities in the program. Nourishing our future is accused of having fraudulently obtained and spent more than $ 240 million in federal funds. Prosecutors say that the sites managed by the defendants have fraudulently claimed to serve meals for thousands of children per day in just a few days or weeks depending on the training. Defenders are also accused of submitting false attendance lists that claim to list the names and ages of children receiving meals on sites every day and fraudulent invoices, according to prosecutors. The lists were made and created using false names, one of which used names of a website called listofrandomnames. Other defendants used an Excel formula to insert a random age between seven and 17 years in the age column of the false lists that have been submitted for repayment. @Colebehr_report Cbehrens@dispatch

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