Somali day care fraud cases piling up in Minnesota
Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 25, 2015
Again, not enough time to give you all the ins and outs of these cases, you need to read this story yourselves. Thanks to a reader for sending it!
For those of you thinking that this is Minnesota’s problem, think again!
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is giving grants to some of the nine major federal contractors and subcontractors responsible for resettling refugees to help refugee women set up dare care facilities to provide “culturally appropriate” day care in towns where you live (see below)! BTW, they are basically using your tax dollars to compete with American women who might want to become day care providers. And, you might want to ask, well what about assimilating to America if they are placing Somali kids only in Somali run day care centers? Where is the multiculturalism in this?
Since the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) fully-staffed their new child care fraud investigative unit in the spring of 2014, they’ve worked with the FBI to shutter daycare centers around the state. Of the cases that have hit the news since then, all have involved Somali-run businesses.
Khadra Abdisafad Hirsi, 47, was the director and co-owner of Ace Daycare Center in Eden Prairie. In February, Hirsi pleaded guilty to knowingly submitting fraudulent claims to the state of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program. From November of 2011-May of 2013, Hirisi inflated the number of children using her daycare’s services and fraudulently obtained $300,000 in payments from the state of Minnesota and the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services. Earlier this month Hirsi was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution.
Deqo daycare center, which had three locations in Apple Valley, St. Paul, and Minneapolis was shut down in 2013 due to licensing violations and prosecutors charged husband and wife Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Yasmin Abdulle Ali for bilking the state out of nearly $3.7 million, $3.1 million of which was collected from April 2012-January 2013. The duo had recruited more than 100 parents to enroll their own children in the program.
There is much more here.
Now be sure to visit the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Microenterprise Development—Home Based Child Care program where your tax dollars are handed out in grants to help Somalis (and other refugees) become day care owners and operators. Go here and be sick!
And, I suspect that the contractor administering the grant is not audited to determine where exactly this money is spent! People ask me all the time how can a contractor make enough money simply by collecting the per-head payment for each refugee they resettle. Well, it is grants like these that send more money into their coffers.
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