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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 28, 2022

Blaine Man Indicted for His Role in $250 Million Feeding Our Future Fraud Scheme

MINNEAPOLIS – Mohamed Muse Noor, aka “Deeq Darajo,” has been indicted for his role in the $250 million fraud scheme that exploited a federally-funded child nutrition program during the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 non-profit company that ran an online news outlet focused on the Somali community in Minnesota. Xogmaal Media Group was enrolled as a Federal Child Nutrition Program site under the sponsorship of Feeding Our Future. Noor claimed that the site would be located in Minneapolis.

According to court documents, from November 2020 through 2022, Noor claimed that Xogmaal Media Group was serving as many as 1,500 children every day, seven days a week. Noor submitted fake meal counts that he signed as the site supervisor. Noor also submitted fake invoices purporting to document the purchase of food to be served at 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 at the Xogmaal Media Group site. Based on these fraudulent claims, 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 Federal Child Nutrition Program funds between June and August 2021. Noor paid nearly 80 percent of these funds over to entities controlled by Abdikerm Eidleh. The memo lines of the checks written to Eidleh’s companies falsely indicated that the payments were for “supplies” and to repay loans. In reality, the money was transferred to Eidleh’s companies in order to misappropriate and launder the proceeds of the fraud scheme.

Noor, who was initially arrested and charged by 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 U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, IRS – Criminal Investigations, and the U.S. 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 seizure and forfeiture of assets.

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

Topic(s): 
Coronavirus
Financial Fraud
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Updated October 28, 2022