The DFL is doing its best to deny their responsibility for hundreds of millions of dollars of fraudulent child care payments to happen. That’s what this MPR article amounts to.
The MPR article defends the Dayton administration by saying “Johnson said there wasn’t any evidence presented in the former cases to indicate ties to terrorism. He also said he found the $100 million figure to be not ‘credible.’ That would account for half of the child-care assistance program. ‘From what we know about the scope of fraud within the program, we’re obviously concerned about it, but it’s not at that level,’ said Johnson.”
Naturally, Keith Ellison is on the wrong side of this issue. The MPR article quotes Ellison as saying “Financial stability for the Somali people, both here and in Somalia, is one of our strongest protections against the terroristic threat posed by Al-Shabaab. We should be making it easier for our constituents to support their families, not impugning the community for it. Fox 9 should issue a thorough correction and apology for its irresponsible reporting.'”
Ellison knows better than to say this. A high percentage of the money being sent to Somalia is money that’s been gained through fraud. That’s been verified by Chuck Johnson, the acting commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, when he said “Essentially, it’s like a shadow situation where there’s not really care being provided for the children, but the children are signed up for care as if they are. And in some cases, the parents are paid a kickback to be part of that scheme.”
I’m certain this is a foreign concept to Rep. Ellison but Fox9 News shouldn’t apologize for reporting on this criminal activity. We know this is criminal activity because Chuck Johnson admitted that “an investigation that began in 2014 led to the closure of 13 child care centers, six felony convictions and $4.6 million in court-ordered restitution.”
Jim Abeler was interviewed by FNC’s Shannon Bream about the scandal:
Here’s Tim Pawlenty’s statement on the scandal: