Minnesota to Report on Alleged Child Care Fraud-Terror Link
Several Day-Care Centers are Under Investigation
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s legislative auditor is about to release a report on fraud in a state child care program that was undertaken after allegations that some of the money may have found its way to terror organizations overseas.
Lawmakers asked for the report following TV reports last year alleging that fraud in the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program ran as high as $100 million annually.
The KMSP-TV reports, partly citing unidentified sources, said state and federal agents had tracked some of the money overseas, and that they believed some of the cash was likely being skimmed by terrorist groups.
The reports also noted several day-care centers under investigation were owned by Somali-Americans, provoking anger from some Somali leaders that the community was being unfairly vilified.