4th guilty plea recorded in the Feeding Our Future case
U.S. Attorney Andy Luger has recorded the 4th guilty plea entered in the sprawling Feeding Our Future free-food fraud case.
Defendant No. 29 (out of 50 total), Abdul Ali, entered his plea yesterday in Federal court in Minneapolis. He was a business partner of Bekam Merdassa, Defendant No. 45, who pled guilty earlier this month.
Both men were involved in the Youth Inventor’s Lab subgroup under the vendor S&S Catering. According to guilty pleas, this subgroup took $3 million out of the free-food programs. Ali’s take appears to have been $129,000. A third man (Defendant No. 30) has pled innocent in this part of the scheme.
Ali will be required to repay the amount taken to the Federal government and faces a prison sentence of 30 to 37 months.