Ksh30B Stolen From US Used to Buy Luxury Cars and Houses in Kenya


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Ksh30B Stolen From US Used to Buy Luxury Cars and Houses in Kenya
Ksh30B Stolen From US Used to Buy Luxury Cars and Houses in Kenya

US Department of Justice exposed a money heist which businessmen allegedly executed to exploit a government-sponsored special fund to support vulnerable kids.

According to a statement by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota dated Tuesday, September 20, 47 individuals conspired through their proxies to orchestrate a well-oiled scheme that exploited a program designed to provide nutritious food to needy children.

Attorney General, Merrick B.Garland, disclosed that the money stolen was north of Ksh30 billion (USD 250 million).

At the height of the pandemic, the businessmen bought beach resorts, luxury cars, apartments, jewellery and other top-of-the-range assets in Kenya as the rest of the world was grappling with economic downtime and inflation.

FBI agents who busted the scandal described it as the largest pandemic relief fraud scheme to ever hit the US.

“The defendants went to great lengths to exploit a program designed to feed underserved children in Minnesota amidst the pandemic, fraudulently diverting millions of dollars designated for the program for their own personal gain.

“These charges send the message that the FBI and our law enforcement partners remain vigilant and will vigorously pursue those who attempt to enrich themselves through fraudulent means,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Department of Justice.

One of the suspects who invested in Kenya reportedly laundered over Ksh843 million, and used the money to buy vehicles, real estate, and property and the rest was spent on vacations in different coastal towns in the country.

He further allegedly used his company to launder the money and exploit money meant for supporting kids in Minnesota.

According to FBI records, another defendant owned three property in Nairobi where his wife and five children lived. He infiltrated the system to access funds by forming community enhancement Services and opening multiple sites and shell companies.

Other suspects facing fraud charges also allegedly established restaurants to help the federal government run the feeding programme in the US.

o further hide their trails, they diversified their investment by setting up offshore accounts and amassing wealth in Ohio, Kentucky and Turkey.

Among the property the Department of Justice is looking to seize in other overseas countries apart from Kenya include commercial real estate and residential apartments.

“Exploiting a government program intended to feed children at the time of a national crisis is the epitome of greed,” Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Justin Campbell stated.

“As alleged, the defendants charged in this case chose to enrich themselves at the expense of children. Instead of feeding the future, they chose to steal from the future. IRS – Criminal Investigation is pleased to join our law enforcement partners to hold these defendants accountable,” he added.

If prosecuted, the scandal would become the biggest recorded in the US in the post-pandemic period. Here below is the list of those involved in the fraud:

Aimee Marie Bock, 41, of Apple Valley, Minnesota

Abdikerm Abdelahi Eidleh, 39, of Burnsville, Minnesota

Salim Ahmed Said, 33, of Plymouth, Minnesota,

Abdulkadir Nur Salah, 36, of Columbia Heights, Minnesota,

Ahmed Sharif Omar-Hashim, 39, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Abdi Nur Salah, 34, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Abdihakim Ali Ahmed, 36, of Apple Valley, Minnesota

Ahmed Mohamed Artan, 37, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Abdikadir Ainanshe Mohamud, 30, of Fridley, Minnesota,

Abdinasir Mahamed Abshir, 30, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Asad Mohamed Abshir, 32, of Mankato, Minnesota,

Hamdi Hussein Omar, 26, of St. Paul, Minnesota,

Ahmed Abdullahi Ghedi, 32, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, 54, of Columbus, Ohio,

Abdiaziz Shafii Farah, 33, of Savage, Minnesota,

Mohamed Jama Ismail, 49, of Savage, Minnesota,

Mahad Ibrahim, 46, of Lewis Center, Ohio,

Abdimajid Mohamed Nur, 21, of Shakopee, Minnesota,

Said Shafii Farah, 40, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Abdiwahab Maalim Aftin, 32, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Mukhtar Mohamed Shariff, 31, of Bloomington, Minnesota,

Hayat Mohamed Nur, 25, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Qamar Ahmed Hassan, 53, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota,

Sahra Mohamed Nur, 61, of Saint Anthony, Minnesota,

Abdiwahab Ahmed Mohamud, 32, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Filsan Mumin Hassan, 28, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Guhaad Hashi Said, 46, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Abdullahe Nur Jesow, 62, of Columbia Heights, Minnesota,

Abdul Abubakar Ali, 40, of St. Paul, Minnesota,

Yusuf Bashir Ali, 40, of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota

Haji Osman Salad, 32, of St. Anthony, Minnesota,

Fahad Nur, 38, of Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Anab Artan Awad, 52, of Plymouth, Minnesota,

Sharmarke Issa, 40, of Edina, Minnesota,

Farhiya Mohamud, 63, of Bloomington, Minnesota,

Liban Yasin Alishire, 42, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota,

Ahmed Yasin Ali, 57, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota,

Khadar Jigre Adan, 59, of Lakeville, Minnesota,

Sharmake Jama, 34, of Rochester, Minnesota,

Ayan Jama, 43, of Rochester, Minnesota

Asha Jama, 39, of Lakeville, Minnesota

Fartun Jama, 35, of Rosemount, Minnesota

Mustafa Jama, 45, of Rochester, Minnesota,

Zamzam Jama, 48, of Rochester, Minnesota,

Bekam Addissu Merdassa, 39, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota,

Hadith Yusuf Ahmed, 34, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota,

Hanna Marekegn, 40, of Edina, Minnesota,




Ksh30B Stolen From US Used to Buy Luxury Cars and Houses in Kenya

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