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Figures linked to meals fraud case continue to collect millions in daycare support

DHS diligence questioned


December 19, 2022

Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune

Abdul Abubakar Ali pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud related to the massive Feeding Our Future case Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Two months after Abduljabar Hussein and his wife were charged with stealing millions of dollars from a federal meals program, Hussein's Minneapolis daycare center continues to collect public funds aimed at helping low-income families afford child care services.

Hussein's Future Scholars Childcare has collected more than $1.3 million in subsidies from the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 2018, the department acknowledged last week in response to inquiries from the Star Tribune. His wife, Mekfira Hussein, collected another $68,145 in Medicaid money from 2020 to 2022 at Forever Friendship Adult Day Center in St. Paul, DHS said in the statement.

Altogether, DHS has shelled out at least $22 million in the past five years to 11 daycare centers that were owned or managed by 14 people who have been indicted on federal charges of defrauding the meals program, according to a Star Tribune review of secretary of state filings and DHS payment records.


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