Minnesota Somalis defraud taxpayers $100M/yr; sent to terrorists

KMSP Fox9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota has undertaken something the national MSM no longer seem to do — bold, investigative journalism.

For five months, Fox9 investigated rampant welfare fraud by the Somali “refugee” and immigrant community in Minnesota, which cost the state’s taxpayers a whopping $100 million a year. Even worse, the $millions defrauded were then transferred to Muslim terrorists in Somali and other countries in the Middle East.

Through the Refugee Act of 1980, sponsored by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) and former Sen. Joe Biden (D), the federal government has been aggressively “resettling” refugees from the east African country of Somalia into the United States, especially Minnesota. As of 2017, the state has an estimated 57,000 Somalis, the largest population of Somalis outside of East Africa.

Jeff Baillon reports on May 13, 2018 that Fox9 investigators used (1) public records; and (2) nearly a dozen government sources with direct knowledge of what is happening. These sources have a deep fear, and there is evidence to support their concerns, that some of the defrauded welfare money is ending up in the hands of terrorists.

The story began on the morning of March 15, 2018 when Fox9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) with a carry-on bag packed with $1 million in cash. Fox9 discovered that mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common, almost weekly carry-on at the airport. The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper government forms.

Glen Kerns, a former Seattle police detective who’d spent 15 years on the FBI’s joint terrorism task force, said: “What we were interested in is where it [the suitcases of money] was going. It’s an outright crime, it’s unbelievable.”

Kerns tracked millions of dollars in cash leaving on flights from Seattle. The money came from Hawalas — businesses used by some immigrant communities in the United States to courier money to their relatives in countries with no official banking system. Kerns discovered some of the money was being funneled to a Hawala in the region of Somalia that is controlled by the al Shabaab terrorist group:

“I talked to a couple of sources who had lived in that region and I said, ‘If money is going to this Hawala do you think it is going to al Shabaab?’ And he said, ‘Oh definitely, that area is controlled by al Shabaab, and they control the Hawala there.’”

Kerns’ source said that when the money arrives, whether it was intended for legitimate purposes or not, al Shabaab or other groups demand a cut.

As Kerns dug deeper, he found that some of the individuals who were sending out tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of remittance payments were on government assistance: “We had sources that told us, ‘It’s welfare fraud, it’s all about the daycare.’”

Five years ago, Fox9 was the first to report that daycare fraud was on the rise in Minnesota and that some businesses were gaming the system to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses. As Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sarcastically put it, “It’s a great way to make some money.”

This is how the daycare-fraud scheme works:

  1. First, the daycare centers sign up low income families that qualify for child care assistance funding.
  2. As shown by surveillance videos from a case prosecuted by Hennepin County, parents receiving childcare assistance funding check their kids into a daycare center, only to leave with them a few minutes later. Sometimes, no children would show up.
  3. Either way, the center bills the state for a full day of childcare. Video from the Hennepin case shows a man handing out envelopes of kickback payments to parents who are in on the fraud.
  4. Some of the defrauded money goes overseas.

An example is Fozia Ali, the owner of a daycare center in south Minneapolis and a member of the city of Hopkins Park Board. As she was taking her oath of office to “support the constitution of the United States, so help me God,” Ali was under investigation for wire fraud and theft of public money. Her daycare center was raided by state and federal agents, suspected of billing the government for more than a million dollars’ worth of bogus childcare services.

Craig Lisher from the FBI said: “We found records that she was collecting a significant amount of money for a much larger number of children than were actually attending the center. We are aware that some of the funds went overseas, what she was cashing out, money from the business.”

Investigators analyzed Ali’s cell phone to track her activities, and found that she had taken a two-month trip from Minnesota to Dubai and then Kenya, staying at times in $800 a night hotel rooms. She used an app on her phone to bill the state of Minnesota for childcare services while she was out of the country.

Ali pled guilty to the daycare fraud and in March began serving time in a federal prison.

Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services Chuck Johnson said his agency has 10 daycares currently under active investigation for fraud. Search warrants obtained by the Fox 9 Investigators show each one of the suspect centers has received several million dollars in childcare assistance funds; most are owned by Somali immigrants. Fox 9 has learned dozens more daycare centers are considered suspicious.

Sources in the Somali community told Fox 9 it is an open secret that starting a daycare center is a license to make money. The fraud is so widespread they said, that people buy shares of daycare businesses to get a cut of the huge public subsidies that are pouring in. Government insiders believe this scam is costing the state at least a hundred million dollars a year, half of all child care subsidies.

In 2014, Minnesota began aggressively going after daycare fraud. The government discovered that within hours after the money showed up in a daycare center’s bank account, funds were wired to the United Arab Emirates. Those wire transfers stopped after a few centers were busted, which led to a change in the fraudsters’ tactics to using those mysterious suitcases filled with cash at Minneapolis-St. Paul International. Investigators documented the carry-on cash increasing from $14 million in 2015, to $84 million in 2016, to $100 million in 2017 — at least some of which is going towards terrorism.

The welfare-dollars-to-terrorists crime is spreading. Sources tell Fox 9 fraudsters in other states are now using the Minnesota playbook to rip off millions of taxpayer-paid welfare dollars.

H/t GiGi

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~Eowyn

31 responses to “Minnesota Somalis defraud taxpayers $100M/yr; sent to terrorists

  1. What did they really think would happen when you start giving so much to so many without much supervision? They know how to play our system much better than any of us.
    Another problem they have is using food stamps and going to places like Costco and buying supplies for their stores.
    I personally think anyone caught in fraud gets stripped of any ID, drivers license, passport, and citizenship and shipped back home, period.

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    • Glenn47 . . . . You are right on the money. Until this country, Federal, State, Counties get touch on such crime and send the perpetrators back to their homelands, we will get more of the same. It does not matter what circumstances they may be sent back to . ., . they have proven, they do not wish to become Americans, they just want to plunder us.

      Why would Muslime women need daycare, are there that many of these women who are actually out in the public arena — working? I thought they all stayed home because they needed to care for their children.

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  2. I would guess that picture is at the Mall of America, totally unrecognizable now.

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  3. Reblogged this on Exposing Modern Mugwumps and commented:

    This is so typical, all these “refugees” and illegal aliens are bleeding American taxpayers, but to have funds used for terrorism is beyond the pale. Where the hell is our worthless Congress?! We have leftist Paul Ryan even trying to pass amnesty before he leaves. I wish he’d go now…because he’s been a thorn in our side since he took office.

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    • Christian Zionist . . . . Amen and amen!

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    • True, Ryan has proven to be such a disappointment. Even under Obama. He worked harder for the left than he ever did for the Republican Party. He gave them everything he asked for and then some. In 2013 we suffered when there was the furlough Friday’s and never fought for us.
      He has always been a open borders person. I guess he lost his will to do the right things when he, Boehner and McConnel were paid their millions for their TPP votes. He then built a huge fence around his property with a guard.

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  4. Just think this is going to the mid east and then we have the below the border cockroaches taking our money there. So if you rain in all the money that is going out in bucketfuls at a time how much on a larger scale when you add all the outside sources that are robbing us blind. What total dollar sign would we see. And if a news media was following this why did it take our government so long

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  8. Richard Raymond

    How do these foreigners get suitcases of cash to the airport and out of the country for years without law enforcement interdiction somewhere along the line, When the average citizen is suffering civil asset forfeiture for any cash even being legally transported for lawful intentions. Can we say inside help?

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  9. We can only thank Mustafa Obongo, the greatest Muslim EVER CREATED! I can’t wait he is endited along with his “Mistress at Arms” Killary Rotten Clinton, that bitch trained the house boy very well, like teacher like student.

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  10. “Last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper government forms.” Ok, I realize that I am making a comment that is not the focus of the story, but this line is possibly disturbing. Does this mean that people can only travel with large amounts of cash only if they “fill out the proper government forms?” Call me odd, but what gives the government and the airlines a right to know how much cash is in my luggage?

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    • Sandy .. . . You do have a point. I have heard of various Police confiscating large amounts of Cash from people they have stopped for various reasons. My question would be why wouldn’t the MN state troopers, or the St Paul police get into the act. There is an real oddity that this has gone one so many years.

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    • Yeah, this became a law under Bush in the post 911 time frame, I believe. Now it’s like with banks. If you withdraw or deposit more than $10,000 the bank has to file a record about it (ostensibly to prevent tax fraud?) And if you travel with more than $10,000 cash, same thing, only you’re supposed to declare it ( domestic and international flights.) Financial privacy disappeared for Americans a long time ago; and that was the purpose of the new magnetic strip they started putting on $100 bills. When you go through airport security they can detect how much cash you are carrying. If you’re Hitlery or Pedosta though nobody cares. You can smuggle money and babies with ease.

      Also technically your bank is supposed to report any “unusual activity” on your account. So let’s say you start a small business like dog walking or whatever and instead of direct depositing a weekly paycheck like you did at your last job, you start depositing less predictable mixtures of cash and checks. That gets reported even if the amount is small. Or if you start withdrawing or depositing amounts just under $10,000; that raises a red flag. We are regarded as criminals committing pre-crime if we hold or carry too much of our own money.

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  11. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Some more information about how the state of Minnesota is ripping the people of America. Time for a reckoning day. This was part of Obama’s scheme to blow a hole in the debt. It is called world wide distribution of America’s cash. If Obama wasn’t stealing it – he was willing allow fraud in the government with one exception – conservatives were taken advantage of and put in jail for the least infraction.

    There are still people in jail who need to be removed because Obama jailed conservatives at a drop of the hat.

    kommonsentsjane

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    • kommonsentsjane . . . . Congratulations! You have really nailed that question . . . . why indeed are people languishing in jail over the contrived charges brought against them as conservatives. The other side of the coin, is why are charges, serious charges not being brought against Progressive criminals? This is just seems to be a one-way street.

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  12. We must get a stronger than strong grip on the entire welfare system and giving away the citizen’s money to these parasites who only come here to use and abuse America. This has got to stop and now! When are American citizens going to rise up and demand this attrocity to end. Enough of being manipularted through liberals’ sympathy for these people. Every time I hear about it, I cringed and can’t believe the ignorance and unreality of liberals. They believe they’re so loving and smart, when all they’re being is manipulated and used. They listen to their liberal/communist news stations, or don’t even care enough to search for truth and just go on their merry down the path of destruction. They believe socialism/communism is the way even though it hasn’t worked anywhere on earth ever. America doesn’t have enough money to support the entire world – we aren’t financially supporting all of our own citizens. Even if we did, these other countries have the responsibility to take care of themselves – they’re not weak. In fact, they are very aggressive people and are completely capable of rising up and changing their government and lives. How about they stay in their country and change it. Too many Americans have become the “battered wife” syndrome – they want to be abused and used believing they’re doing a good thing. These people are invading America and taking her down into an abyss of death and hell.

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    • M Reineri . . . . I totally agree with Trump, NO INDIVIDUAL, or family should be allowed into this country unless they can prove they are self-sufficient, and will be an asset to our nation. Frankly, as Americans, we cannot kiss and put a Band-Aid on all the boo-boo’s to be found the world over! It isn’t even our business, nor is it the business of our government.

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  13. Pretend to make Somalia great for the first time.

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  14. Patrick Cornell

    Ridiculous! Minnesota was too White so Progressives had to correct that by force integrating Somali heist men into the formerly White Christian community.

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  16. meager bumble

    Do you agree with this? Letting invaders live off your dole and multiplying on your soil? Do you agree with your money being used to support your genocide via abortion?

    The left are laughing and cannot believe you are paying for your own destruction.

    If you agree with this keep putting in communist and keep paying them with their illegal taxes you keep paying them. You should know this is taxation without representation.

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  17. But the Popo will take Grany’s Caddy under civil forfeiture laws and say she is a drug dealer even though she filled out all the “government forms”.

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  18. Let’s see, my kids have to pay for child care unless my wife and I provide it for them. I guess they should be “immigrants”.

    Last I looked, funding terrorist organizations was illegal. Or is that just for non-immigrants?

    So Legacy Boy taxes us working idiots to pay for his preferred types while sending jobs out of the country and funding his friends fraudulent “energy businesses”?

    Every time I see that smug smile on that arrogant face I wonder why he isn’t being chased through the streets.

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  19. Pack them all up and send them pack to Somalia, permanently. No re-entry permits, visas, asylum, etc. Get out and stay out.
    And remove this bullshyte day care money and you won’t have the fraud. These hand outs do nothing for Americans and everything for invaders. But that’s the way the politicos like it. They get re-elected by their invader “constituents”.
    AND HOW IS IT, that if I go to the bank and deposit or withdraw more than 9,999.00 dollars at one time, all kinds of red flags are raised, and I have to wait to get my money, but these scum can waltz out of here with 1 million in cash in a freaking suitcase because they completed a paper??
    Congress should be hung along with these criminals. All it would take would be a few hangings. Even if it didn’t work as a deterrent, we’d have fewer criminals.

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  21. Lived in MN, and am not surprised by this, thanks to then Gov. Pawlenty, he screwed the state over, then with Dayton, has turned the state into a nanny state, we have since moved from the awful state.

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  22. Are any of those hooded wonders actually WORKING at the mall? I seriously doubt it.

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  23. Disgusting, but not surprised, come to England you won’t see much different.

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