* Charges against 47 persons
Sacramento, September 21 (Hussan Ladoa Banga/Punjab Mail)- Alleged fraud has come to light on a large scale in the coronavirus epidemic relief program in America. Federal authorities have indicted 47 people for fraudulently withdrawing $250 million from the coronavirus pandemic relief program. These people cheated in the name of providing food to children during the epidemic. This case of cheating has come to light in the state of Minnesota. Chief Federal Prosecutor Minnesota US Attorney Andrew Common Luger said the suspected perpetrators used a local non-profit organization, Feeding Our Future, to claim payment for food supplies to the children, which were never delivered. The alleged accused used this money to buy expensive cars, houses, jewelry and other properties. Lugar has said ‘I cannot help but appreciate the officers and investigators who have exposed the lies and dishonesty and shed light on this complex case. Attorney General Merrick Garland called it a massive scam, part of the government’s efforts to provide relief during the pandemic. FBI Director Christopher Wray has said that the charges brought show that the suspected perpetrators hatched an elaborate conspiracy to carry out their nefarious intentions and became rich. Justice Campbell, who is special agent in charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago, said that “the use of the government’s child feeding program for personal gain during a national crisis is emblematic of the hunger of the alleged perpetrators.” They have enriched themselves at the cost of children and instead of saving the future of the country, they have killed the future.