15th guilty plea recorded in the Feeding Our Future scandal

Filsan Hassan (Defendant No. 26 of 60 in the case) entered the 15th guilty plea in the scandal today in the Federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis.

Hassan, 29, was part of the S&S Catering network. Joey Peters of the Sahan Journal has a report.

Hassan founded the generically-named nonprofit Youth Higher Educational Achievement in late December 2020. The nonprofit received its tax-exempt status from the IRS in May 2021. You will not be surprised to learn that the nonprofit has never filed a tax return, as required by law.

In the Federal indictment against the S&S network (p. 13, para. u) the U.S. Attorney documents that Hassan’s Youth nonprofit claimed to have served 1 million meals in 2021 and took $2.6 million out of the free-food program. Most of that money was kicked back to S&S Catering.

The nonprofit’s list of 4,388 free food recipients was created using a random-name generator (para. t). Hassan admitted that she personally received $185,000 of the money, most of which was spent on a townhouse in Brooklyn Park. Hassan is not a U.S. citizen.

In her plea agreement, Hassan agreed to restitution totaling $376,027.

Sentencing will be at a later date.