Prosecutors say the suspects in $250 million pandemic food fraud used the money to buy luxury items

BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors charge 47 suspects in $250 million fraud: Scammers used money meant for feeding children during the pandemic to buy commercial real estate, luxury cars, fancy homes and even coastal property in Kenya

Prosecutors have charged 47 people in connection with a multimillion-dollar scheme to steal money from anti-hunger programs during the pandemic – using their ill-gotten gains on luxury items.

The case lodged in Minnesota, claims that the group stole $240 million by billing the government for meals for children that did not exist.

It is thought to eb the largest fraud claim uncovered in any pandemic- relief program, with prosecutors claiming that the co-conspirators were ‘bold’ in their claims to the government.

One of the defendants claimed that he fed 5,000 children a day in a second story apartment in Minnesota.

The indictment names Aimee Bock, executive director of non-profit Feeding Our Future, as part of the federal investigation into the fraud.

Bock, 41, has denied allegations against her, and defended herself and her now-defunct organization in previous interviews.

She appeared at the federal courthouse on Tuesday morning, and is one of the 47 people implicated across six indictments and charging documents.

Well-known restaurateurs and former political appointees for Minneapolis are also embroiled in the fraudulent plot.

This is a developing story 

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