Ill-gotten gains

The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota is seeking to recover assets purchased with the alleged proceeds of the Feeding Our Future scandal.

As of yet, no properties have been seized. Not one person has been arrested or charged in the alleged scandal.

In a filing made on Jan. 21, the day after the famous FBI raids of the St. Anthony-based nonprofit, the U.S. Attorney filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court to seize fourteen properties. Twelve of the properties are located in Minnesota and two in Kentucky.

The U.S. Attorney makes clear in the filing (page 10, paragraph 26) that the alleged fraud was widespread, but the document only describes the people and events surrounding these specific properties.

As was done in the FBI search warrants, this filing documents how much was taken from the program and what specific properties were purchased with the proceeds. It makes an important point: reimbursements ranged from $2 to $4 (page 15, paragraph 55), per child per meal (depending on the meal). How could these vendors clear enough profit to buy lake homes and office buildings?