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Blaine Man indicted for his role in $250 million to feed our future fraud scheme

MINNEAPOLIS — Mohamed Muse Noor, aka “Deeq Darajo,” has been indicted for his role in the $250 million fraudulent scheme that operated a federally funded infant nutrition program during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, Noor, 37, was the president and owner of Xogmaal Media Group, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that ran an online media outlet focused on Minnesota’s Somali community. Xogmaal Media Group has been registered as a Federal Child Nutrition Program site under the sponsorship of Feeding Our Future. Noor claimed the site would be located in Minneapolis.

According to court documents, from November 2020 to 2022, Noor claimed that Xogmaal Media Group served up to 1,500 children every day, seven days a week. Noor submitted false meal counts which he signed off as supervisor of the site. Noor also submitted fake invoices purporting to document the purchase of food to be served on the Xogmaal Media Group site.

According to court documents, between February and June 2021, Noor claimed to have served approximately 580,000 meals to children on the Xogmaal Media Group site. Based on these fraudulent allegations, Noor and his co-conspirators claimed that Xogmaal Media Group was entitled to more than $1.3 million in federal child nutrition program funds. Ultimately, Xogmaal Media Group received nearly $500,000 in funds from the Federal Child Nutrition Program between June and August 2021. Noor disbursed nearly 80% of those funds to entities controlled by Abdikerm Eidleh. The memo lines of checks addressed to Eidleh companies incorrectly stated that the payments were for “supplies” and to repay loans. In reality, the money was transferred to companies in Eidleh in order to divert and launder the proceeds of the fraudulent scheme.

Noor, who was originally arrested and charged in a criminal complaint on September 26, 2022, is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Noor made his initial appearance today in United States District Court before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung.

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI, IRS – Criminal Investigations and the US Postal Inspection Service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph H. Thompson, Harry M. Jacobs, Matthew S. Ebert, Chelsea A. Walcker, and Joseph S. Teirab. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Baune is handling the asset seizure and forfeiture.

An indictment is only an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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