MN Child Care Fraud/Terrorism Report

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic leaders say they’ll work with Gov. Tim Walz to ensure the integrity of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program following an auditor’s report that found fraud is a problem with the program but no proof that money from it found its way to terrorists.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman says the program is critically important for families struggling with high child care costs, and the state must make sure assistance gets to those who truly need it.

Legislative Auditor James Nobles was asked to investigate after TV reports suggested that fraudulently obtained money went to the Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabab.

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says any misuse of public funds is serious, but that “using unsubstantiated allegations as an excuse for Islamophobic attacks on an entire community is reprehensible.”

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