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RELEASE: Scott urges hearings, transparency from Walz/MDE on fraud scandal

Monday, September 26, 2022

St. Paul, MN — Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) and House Republicans continued calls this week for answers from the Walz administration and hearings by Democrats in the Minnesota House in response to the Feeding our Future Fraud scandal, described as the largest pandemic fraud case in the United States, and likely the largest fraud case in Minnesota history. House Republicans sent a letter last week calling on the Chairs of the House Education Committees to hold hearings and investigate the Minnesota Department of Education's (MDE) involvement in the fraud case. While MDE has tried to cast blame to the courts, there was no court ruling reinstating the flow of funds to fraudulent organizations according to a bombshell statement from Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann released last Friday.

Specifically, Scott and House Republicans want answers on why MDE voluntarily restarted payments to the Feeding our Future fraudsters, why MDE and the Walz administration misled the public with claims of a nonexistent court ruling, and why the DFL has yet to hold a single hearing on the largest fraud case in state history.

“Minnesotans are demanding that the Walz administration own up to the mistakes that were made to cause $250 million in taxpayer money to be stolen,” said Scott. “House Democrats must hold hearings immediately so that Governor Walz and MDE can provide transparency to the public in the largest pandemic fraud case in the nation. When people lie, they must be held to account. It’s time the Walz administration provides answers.”  

While in interim before the beginning of the 93rd Legislative Session this coming January, House Committees Chairs are still free to call hearings with their members and prepare for the next session.