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New charges: Feeding Our Future juror was followed for days, given list of instructions with $120k in cash to acquit

Five people, including three who were on trial, are now being charged

The defendants carefully chose the juror and followed her home, watching her for days before approaching her with a bag of $120,000 cash in a bid to secure acquittals in this month's federal meal fraud case, prosecutors said Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced conspiracy charges against five people in what is believed to be Minnesota's first criminal case of trying to bribe a federal juror in generations - including three who are accused of stealing money meant to feed hungry children in the first Feeding Our Future fraud case to go to trial.

"These defendants engaged in a chilling attack on our justice system," Luger said at a news conference. "They sought to buy a juror and use her to infiltrate the jury with their own false arguments - arguments that had nothing to do with the law."


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