MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man who is the target of a federal investigation for embezzlement from the federal infant nutrition program has been charged with passport fraud.
U.S. Attorney’s Office Says He’s 49 Mohamed Jama Ismail of Savage and other co-conspirators used shell companies to funnel millions of dollars to various people involved in the scheme.
Between May 2020 and January 2022, Ismail and others are accused of taking more than $30 million intended to feed thousands of children a day.
Federal officials say international wire receipts show hundreds of thousands of dollars were sent to China and Kenya.
In January, federal officials raided Ismail’s home and seized his passport. They say he applied for a replacement passport, stating on his application that he had lost his other and had filed a police report about it.
Ismail was arrested at Minneapolis International Airport on Wednesday as he tried to board a flight to Kenya, using the replacement passport.