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47, including Somalis among dozens charged with Covid fraud in US

US-based Somali nationals are among 47 people charged in the US in connection with theft of $250m (£220m) in an alleged Covid relief fraud scheme. They are alleged to have stolen from a programme aimed at providing meals for children during the pandemic.

US authorities on Tuesday announced that the suspects are linked to Aimee Bock – the founder and executive director of Feeding Our Future, a non-profit organisation that was a sponsor participating in the Federal Child Nutrition Program in Minnesota.

Allegations against the suspects include issuing bills for meals they did not serve to children who did not exist, said the Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement.