Man pleads guilty to wire fraud charge in Feeding Our Future scheme
A man from Minneapolis pleaded guilty in federal court for his involvement in the Feeding Our Future scam that stole more than $250 million in government pandemic funds.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Ahmed Sharif Omar-Hashim, also known as Salah Donyale, 40, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud as part of a scam that defrauded the federal child nutrition program from April 2020 to Jan. 2022.
Court documents show that Omar-Hashim/Donyale admitted to creating a company called Olive Management that reported feeding meals to 3,000 children a day in St. Cloud seven days a week.
The investigation revealed that Omar-Hashim/Donyale and others involved in the scheme claimed to serve 1.6 million meals to children at the Olive Management site. Omar-Hashim/Donyale’s part in this scam involved creating and submitting fake meal count sheets and invoices. This was supplemented by a fake attendance roster listing the names of 2,040 children who attended an “after-school program” at Olive Management’s site. Only 20 of the names matched the names of children attending schools in the St. Cloud Public School District, court documents say.
Records show Omar-Hashim/Donyale and others involved in the scam stole $7,490,711 in Federal Nutrition Program reimbursements meant to fund meals for children at the Olive Management site.
His sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Federal guidelines for a single conviction of wire fraud convictions show sentences can reach a maximum of 20 years in prison or more if there are factors that enhance the judge’s decision.