Faribault couple plead guilty to $5 million in fraud as part of Feeding Our Future scheme
June 8, 2023
A Faribault, Minn., couple have admitted to federal fraud charges for submitting fake paperwork claiming to feed thousands of children per day to misappropriate more than $5 million in government money as part of the wide-ranging Feeding Our Future scheme.
Mohamed Ali Hussein, 53, and Lul Bashir Ali, 57, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their roles in the $250 million scheme to exploit federal nutrition funds intended to feed underprivileged children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charges allege that in 2020, Ali and Hussein enrolled their companies, Lido Restaurant and Somali American Faribault Education (SAFE), in the Federal Child Nutrition Program under Feeding Our Future sponsorship. After enrolling, they submitted inflated invoices and fake paperwork for reimbursement in which they claimed to be serving meals to thousands of children a day.