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FBI expert: Feeding Our Future defendants used money meant for kids' meals to supply their Shakopee restaurant

Instead of providing free meals to children in need, defendants on trial in the Feeding Our Future case sold some of the food at their Shakopee restaurant, profiting twice - once from government reimbursements and once from the food sales - an FBI forensic accountant testified.

Federal prosecutors called Pauline Roase to the witness stand Tuesday and Wednesday in the high-profile trial to describe how she traced a complex paper trail of financial records to reveal that only $3 million of the nearly $30 million in government reimbursements that went to Empire Cuisine & Market - the restaurant at the center of the trial - went toward buying food, as intended.

"Largely, I didn't find food purchases," Roase said.


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