Feeding Our Future’s quiet summer

The first guilty plea has been entered in the Feeding Our Future scandal… for passport fraud.

Not much has been heard lately from the half-billion-dollar Feeding Our Future scandal. The last media report on the free food affair came in late May.

In the latest news, one of the figures charged with passport fraud has pled guilty. Mohamed Jama Ismail, co-owner of the Empire Cuisine restaurant in Shakopee, entered a plea of guilty in Federal court, after being arrested in April attempting to board a flight at the Minneapolis airport, en route to Kenya via Amsterdam.

The Star Tribune reports that he faces six months in prison.

He had claimed to the U.S. State Department that his original passport was “lost,” when, in fact, it had been seized by the FBI during a January 2022 search of his home.

There has been no update on Ismail’s Empire business partner, Abdiaziz Farah, who was also charged with passport fraud around the same time.

No one has been arrested or charged in connection to the Feeding Our Future alleged fraud.