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Report: Minnesota Department of Education's 'inadequate oversight' of Feeding Our Future opened door to fraud

The Minnesota Department of Education's inadequate oversight of Feeding Our Future "created opportunities for fraud," a new state report revealed Thursday, scrutinizing the agency's shortcomings in its administration of federally funded meal programs for children in need - the programs at the center of one of the country's largest pandemic frauds.

The Office of the Legislative Auditor's (OLA) report said the Education Department "failed to act on warning signs" in the programs before the COVID-19 pandemic and was ill-prepared to respond to issues or use its authority to hold Feeding Our Future - the St. Anthony nonprofit at the center of the FBI's fraud investigation - accountable to federal requirements.

The 120-page special report by the nonpartisan office that audits state government came out a week after a jury convicted five of seven defendants in the first case to go to trial. Those seven are among 70 people charged in what prosecutors say is a sweeping $250 million scheme to steal federal meal program money.


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