The Justice Department announced charges against 47 people involved in what federal prosecutors are calling the largest case of fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Sahan Journal has compiled the names of people listed in six different indictments (i.e. charging documents) for their alleged roles in a $250 million scheme to defraud federal nutrition programs infant.
None of these people have been convicted of any crime and many have asserted their innocence directly and through their lawyers.
U.S. Attorney Andy Luger told a news conference on Tuesday that arrests took place today.
The charges so far include conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery. Federal prosecutors said “defendants obtained, misappropriated and laundered millions of dollars in program funds intended to reimburse the cost of serving meals to children” from low-income families.
Sahan Journal will update this story with more information on the defendants.
The following people are named in the indictment United States v. Aimée Marie Bock, et al. charge
- Aimee Marie Bock, 41, Apple Valley, Founder and Executive Director of Feeding Our Future.
- Abdikerm Abdelahi Eidleh, 39, Burnsville, Feeding Our Future employee.
- Salim Ahmed Said, 33, from Plymouth, owner and operator of Safari restaurant.
- Abdulkadir Nur Salah, 36, Columbia Heights, owner and operator of Safari Restaurant.
- Ahmed Sharif Omar-Hashim, also known as “Salah Donyale”, 39, Minneapolis, founder of Olive Management Inc.
- Abdi Nur Salah, 34, Minneapolis, former senior political aide to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, acquired the nonprofit organization Stigma-Free International from its former owner, listed in the indictment as of “Individual A”.
- Abdihakim Ali Ahmed, 36, Apple Valley, founder of ASA Limited LLC.
- Ahmed Mohamed Artan, 37, Minneapolis, has become the new president of Stigma-Free International and registered it with the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
- Abdikadir Ainanshe Mohamud, also known as “AK”, 30, Fridley, ran the Stigma-Free food site Willmar.
- Abdinasir Mahamed Abshir, 30, Minneapolis, ran the food site Stigma-Free Mankato.
- Asad Mohamed Abshir, 32, from Mankato, ran the Stigma-Free food site Mankato.
- Hamdi Hussein Omar, 26, of St. Paul, ran the Stigma-Free Waite Park food site.
- Ahmed Abdullahi Ghedi, 32, Minneapolis, established ASA Limited LLC.
- Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, also known as “Chef Abcos”, 54, Columbus, Ohio, owner of Afra Grill.
The following people are named in the indictment United States v. Abdiaziz Shafii Farah, et al.
- Abdiaziz Shafii Farah, 33, Savage, owner and operator of Empire Cuisine and Market LLC.
- Mohamed Jama Ismail, 49, Savage, owner and operator of Empire Cuisine and Market LLC.
- Mahad Ibrahim, 46, Lewis Center, Ohio, President and Owner of ThinkTechAct Foundation.
- Abdimajid Mohamed Nur, 21, Shakopee, established Nur Consulting LLC.
- Said Shafii Farah, 40, Minneapolis, owner of Bushra Wholesalers LLC and brother of Abdiaziz Farah.
- Abdiwahab Maalim Aftin, 32, Minneapolis, owner of Bushra Wholesalers LLC.
- Mukhtar Mohamed Shariff, 31, Bloomington, Managing Director of Afrique Hospitality Group.
- Hayat Mohamed Nur, 25, Eden Prairie, sister of Abdimajid Mohamed Nur and program participant.
The following people are named in the indictment United States v. Qamar Ahmed Hassan, et al.
- Qamar Ahmed Hassan, 53, Brooklyn Park, owner and operator of S&S Catering.
- Sahra Mohamed Nur, 61, from Saint Anthony, ran the Academy For Youth Excellence site.
- Abdiwahab Ahmed Mohamud, 32, Brooklyn Park, ran the Academy For Youth Excellence site.
- Filsan Mumin Hassan, 28, Brooklyn Park, ran the Youth Higher Educational Achievement site.
- Guhaad Hashi Said, 46, Minneapolis, ran the Advance Youth Athletic Development site.
- Abdullahe Nur Jesow, 62, Columbia Heights, ran the Academy For Youth Excellence site.
- Abdul Abubakar Ali, 40, St. Paul, ran the Youth Inventors Lab site.
- Yusuf Bashir Ali, 40, Vadnais Heights, ran the Youth Inventors Lab site.
The following people are named in the indictment United States v. Haji Osman Salad, et al.
- Haji Osman Salad, 32, St. Anthony, manager of Haji’s Kitchen.
- Fahad Nur, 38, Minneapolis, director of The Produce LLC.
- Anab Artan Awad, 52, Plymouth, Chairman of Multiple Community Services.
- Sharmarke Issa, 40, Edina, founder of a company called Minnesota’s Somali Community and manager of Wacan Restaurant LLC.
- Farhiya Mohamud, 63, director of Bloomington and general manager of Dua Supplies and Distribution Inc.
The following people are named in the indictment United States v. Lebanon Yasin Alishire, et al.
- Lebanon Yasin Alishire, 42, Brooklyn Park, president and owner of Community Enhancement Services Inc.
- Ahmed Yasin Ali, 57, of Brooklyn Park, set up a food site run by Lake Street Kitchen in the JigJiga Business Center.
- Khadar Jigre Adan, 59, Lakeville CEO of the Lake Street Kitchen-run food site in the JigJiga Business Center.
The following people are named in the indictment United States v. Sharmarke Jama, et al.
- Sharmake Jama, 34, Rochester, manager of Brava Restaurant and Cafe LLC.
- Ayan Jama, 43, Rochester, manager of Brava Restaurant and Cafe LLC.
- Asha Jama, 39, Lakeville, worked for Brava Restaurant.
- Fartun Jama, 35, Rosemount, worked for Brava Restaurant.
- Mustafa Jama, 45, Rochester, worked for the Brava restaurant.
- Zamzam Jama, 48, Rochester, worked for Brava Restaurant.
The following people are named in Criminal Information, another form of charging document. Each of the following individuals is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
- Bekam Addissu Merdassa, 39, Inver Grove Heights.
- Hadith Yusuf Ahmed, 34, Eden Prairie.
- Hanna Markegn, 40, Edina.