A Dakota County judge has denied the Minnesota Department of Education’s motion to compel Feeding Our Future — the nonprofit at the center of a massive $250 million fraud investigation — to pay back-to-back legal fees.
Dakota County District Judge David Lutz on Wednesday denied the federal agency’s motion seeking nearly $584,000 from Feeding Our Future. The Department of Education said it used its own defense against Feeding Our Future’s claims in a previous case in Ramsey County District Court.
In his court order, Lutz wrote that the court should not have imposed sanctions against the non-profits in a specific Ramsey County case and that the Department of Education did not follow due process. for submitting a claim.
The government filed the lawsuit in March, seeking a court review of Feeding Our Future’s bold dismissal as a nonprofit. It was sent to Dakota County because Feeding Our Future is registered to Aimee Bock’s Rosemount home in the county.
In January, the FBI raided Bock’s home and the offices of Feeding Our Future, revealing a wide-ranging investigation into Minnesota’s state food programs to feed children in need. Prosecutors say most of the suspects spent millions of dollars to enrich themselves.
Meanwhile, Bock and 49 other people have been accused in what prosecutors say is the most widespread fraud case in the country. Bock has pleaded not guilty.
The Department of Education said in court it spent more than half a million dollars defending itself in a “sham” lawsuit filed by Feeding Our Future in 2020 after cuts government funding of non-profits. The Department of Education accused it of obstructing the investigation to prevent the government from uncovering the fraud.