Department of Labor Inspector General reports up to $163 billion in pandemic unemployment fraud. Yes, billion.

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WASHINGTON, DC- According to CBS Chicago, a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) inspector general has identified a minimum of $163 billion in fraudulent pandemic unemployment benefits may have been paid.

IG Larry Turner uncovered the fraud during an examination of COVID unemployment benefits.

“Instead of a thorough examination of an applicant’s eligibility, many programs substituted this requirement with quicker, self-reported information, which contributed to funds mistakenly being sent to deceased individuals; ineligible applicants, for fraudulent criminal schemes,” U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) said at a Senate hearing last week.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Turner’s office has received 143,000 unemployment fraud complaints. Turner has executed 450 search warrants and served 749 fraud-related indictments and over $840 million in investigative monetary results.

According to Bloomberg, Turner said the COVID-19 unemployment funds provided a “high value target” for criminals to take advantage of.

“The unprecedented infusion of federal funds into the UI [unemployment insurance] program gave individuals and organized criminal groups a high-value target to exploit,” he said in written testimony, while calling the situation a “perfect storm.”

“That, combined with easily attainable stolen personally identifiable information and continuing UI program weaknesses,” provided a golden opportunity for criminals to defraud the system, Turner said.

The report detailed a number of shortfalls in the pandemic unemployment benefit program when states across the country became overwhelmed by an unprecedented jump in applications.

That provided an easily exploitable means for criminals and fraudsters to exploit the system.

For example, a recent DOL IG investigation led to charges against 11 members of the Brooklyn-based Woo Gang in a COVID unemployment scheme that was in the millions of dollars.

In another, a one-time employee of the California Employment Development Department was sentenced to more than five years in prison for fraudulently obtaining nearly $4.3 million in pandemic relief funds.

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The OIG report included a picture showing the results of one such search warrant conducted by the office–$500,000 in cash, 30 unemployment insurance debit cards, and several notebooks containing personally identifiable information, along with an assortment of firearms.

CBS Chicago said they reached out to the State of Illinois for state-level information, and the Illinois Department of Homeland Security has refused repeated requests for such information, as well as requests from a number of state lawmakers.

The program was fraught with issues, as there were bevy of significant delays in getting payments to households, with some payments taking some 50 days to reach households. Turner said he needed access to all of the Labor Department’s unemployment data, plus additional funding, in order to continue its work.

That was one issue that was identified by the IG. Even prior to the pandemic, the DOL noted it lacked the authority to require states to provide UI data to the OIG for audits and investigations. This resulted in what it called the “unprecedented step of using Inspector General subpoenas to obtain this critical data.”

The IG asked Congress to “consider legislative action to allow DOL and the OIG to have direct access to UI claimant data and wage records” for their oversight responsibilities.

Department of Labor Inspector General reports up to 3 billion in pandemic unemployment fraud.  Yes, billion.

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ST. PAUL MN – Being married to one of the members of “The Squad” definitely has its perks. Just ask Tim Mynett, husband of House Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

A company co-owned by Mynett received hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus bailout money, while the freshman lawmaker’s campaign paid the company millions of dollars.

Fox News reported:

“Public records show that E Street Group, co-owned by Omar’s husband, Tim Mynett, received nearly $135,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans.

“Campaign finance filings also show that the firm raked in millions during the 2020 campaign from Omar.”

Omar revealed in March that she had married Mynett. Allegations were made that she was having an affair with him while both were still married to other people. Omar was still married to Abdisalan Hirsi, while Mynett was married to Beth Jordan. Omar had previously denied the allegations.

In a separate report, Fox news said:

“Omar has paid nearly $2.8 million to her husband’s political consulting firm so far in the 2019-2020 election cycle, including nearly 70% of her third-quarter disbursements.

“Federal Election Commission data shows that Omar’s campaign sent $1.6 million to E Street Group LLC, which is owned by her husband Tim Mynett, from the start of 2019 through Jul. 22, 2020.

After that, she reported an additional $1.1 million in the third quarter and $27,000 in the following weeks. That $1.1 million constituted nearly 70% of the $1.6 million that Omar’s campaign spent that quarter.”

According to The Star Tribune:

“In mid-November, Omar cut ties with her husband’s firm after she won re-election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, saying she wanted to “make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”

The official email sent out by Omar in November stated:

“So, we’ve decided to terminate our contract with Tim and Will’s firm. While many of our close supporters know these two well and have recommended we keep them on — I want to make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”

“Because of Will and Tim’s decades of combined knowledge and experience in the [5th District], and the work they had done to prepare us for re-election — where our primary and general opponents spent a record-setting $14 million against us — we couldn’t part ways with this team after we got married.”

Regarding the funds received by her husband, Omar had this to say:

“Every dollar that was spent went to a team of more than twenty that were helping us fight back against attacks and organize on the ground and online in a COVID-19 world.

“And Tim — beyond his salary at the firm — received no profit whatsoever from the consulting relationship the firm provided.”

Fox News says, while Omar did win in last month’s election, she underperformed by the largest percentage in the country compared to Democrat Joe Biden.

While Biden received 80% of the vote in Minnesota’s 5th District, Omar received just 64%. Biden defeated Trump by 62 points in the district, while Omar defeated GOP challenger Lacy Johnson by 39 points.

That difference is “the largest gap in election performance between a Democratic representative and the Democratic presidential nominee in the U.S.”

Dave Wasserman of the left-of-center Cook Political Report tweeted out the results of the election, writing:

“I’m not aware of anywhere near this severe an underperformance for any other House *candidate* in the county, let alone an incumbent.”

It’s important to note that President Trump has not conceded to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, claiming voter fraud in several key states, including Minnesota.

There have been countless videos as well as numerous eyewitness testimonials to support these claims. Despite the ongoing investigations, most mainstream media outlets are referring to Biden as the President-elect.

Omar became a member of the group of four women elected in the 2018 US House elections. The notoriously left-wing Democratic group consists of Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Talib of Michigan. They became known as “The Squad.”

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They pride themselves for being a diverse group of women of color and under the age of 50. They believe they represent the demographic diversity of a younger political generation and the advocacy of progressive policies such as the Green New Deal. They have often clashed with their party’s leadership. Ocasio-Cortez coined the “Squad” name in an Instagram post a week after the 2018 election.

All four members of “The Squad” won their re-election bids for their House seats in the November 2020 elections.

 

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Bombshell: “Squad” member Omar reportedly funnels 70 percent of campaign expenditures to husband’s company

10/16/2020

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN- So, we don’t need campaign finance reform, huh?

Take the case of law-skirting, far-left, “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is still under investigation for allegedly marrying her brother to get him into the country and bypass immigration laws.

New campaign finance filings show that Omar has managed to steer $2.7 million to her husband’s company for this election cycle. Nothing to see here!

The new filings showed that Omar has sent $1.1 million more to her husband’s firm, the E Street Group, which brought the total to $2.7 million.

The additional funds amount to nearly 70 percent of the $1.6 million her campaign disbursed between July 23 and the end of September, the Free Beacon reported citing campaign finance documents.

The money ostensibly covered matters such as advertising, consulting, travel expenses and production costs. Nice gig if you can get it.

Omar has been skirting the law in the two years since she was first elected in 2018. Her marriages of convenience have raised eyebrows, and the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board ordered her to repay thousands of dollars for campaign finance violations.

More recently, she is now facing complaints that she may have violated House ethics rules related to an advance she received for her memoir. Can’t imagine that would be a real popular book, but we digress.

Omar has steered beaucoup amounts of cash to her husband, Tim Mynett’s company during this election cycle. The E Street Group is far and above the biggest benefactor of her campaign cash.

Omar and Mynett married last March after long denying their romantic dalliances. In August divorce filings, Mynett’s ex-wife revealed that Omar had been having an affair with her then-husband. She’s a real ethical one, that Omar.

In fact, when the information came forth about her alleged affair with Mynett, Omar said that she was not separated from her then-husband, Ahmed Absdisalan Hirsi. And any talk about Omar’s personal affairs were deemed out of bounds.

“I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue and so I have no desire to discuss it.”

Meanwhile, Mynett also denied having an affair with Omar, and accused his then-wife of attempting to “ruin” his career.

Free Beacon reached out to Omar’s campaign about her campaign finances enriching her husband’s firm, and in turn her. If it isn’t illegal, it is surely unethical.

Among those who have donated to Omar’s campaign include at least three universities, with the University of California being the largest donor at just over $24,000.

Other donors include unions, with SEIU donating over $10,000, the Painters and Allied Trades Union $10,000, the American Federation of Teachers just over $10,000, and the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union just over $10,000. Not to be left out, tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Amazon have also donated.

It should be noted that the organizations themselves did not donate, but rather the organizations’ PACs, individual members or employees or owners, including individuals’ immediate families for full disclosure.

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Earlier this year, Law Enforcement Today reported on Omar’s “marriage of convenience” to her brother. For more on that, we invite you to:

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Although allegations have been circling for a few years already regarding Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar having married her brother, it appears as though the matter will finally be officially investigated.

Originally, Minnesota state Representative Steve Drazkowski filed a complaint against Omar for her 2009 marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi with Minnesota District of the Department of Justice.

The complaint was filed last year at the order of the department head, US Attorney Erica MacDonald, and claimed that sources had revealed that the couple were in fact siblings.

Last October, the FBI was presented with documents by a “concerned party” regarding Omar’s 2009 marriage to Elmi.

The two FBI agents that received the information told the source that they would share the documents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Department of Education, due to Elmi having attended North Dakota State University as a citizen.

However, none of the three agencies would “confirm the existence of any ongoing or potential investigation,” according to the New York Post.

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Elmi was a British citizen when the happy couple wed.

The US Department of Education was contacted by the FBI to investigate possible federal student loan fraud.  If the marriage was in fact fraudulent, then Elmi wouldn’t have been eligible for any federal student loans he received.

Interestingly, Omar is facing investigation by ICE, an organization that she openly plans to do what she can to abolish.  Her website states:

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an unreformable organization that has become increasingly militarizedbrutal, and unaccountable.”

I’ll be she feels that way even more now that it’s her fraudulent actions they’re looking to prove.

In July 18, 2019, The Blaze stated that its previously reported evidence:

“…appear[s] to give probable cause to investigate Omar for eight instances of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, up to eight years of state and federal tax fraud, two years of federal student loan fraud, and even bigamy.

To be clear: The facts describe perhaps the most extensive spree of illegal misconduct committed by a House member in American history.”

It’s been reported that the Somalian community is well aware of the “open secret,” but don’t dare disclose the information.  Or at least not as a publicly named source.

Try to keep up:

Omar was engaged to Ahmed Hirsi in 2002 but the couple had a Muslim ceremony rather than a legal marriage.  They had 2 children and split up in 2008.

Omar then legally married her brother…sorry…her alleged brother, Elmi, who is 3 years younger than her, in 2009.  The two “broke up” in 2011 but remained legally married.  In 2012, Omar and Hirsi reunited and had another child.

Despite being legally married to Elmi, Omar filed joint tax returns with Hirsi in 2014-2015.

In 2016, allegations popped up regarding Elmi and Omar being siblings on Somali Spot message board by a user named AbdiJohnson, which have since been deleted.

Omar legally divorced Elmi in 2017, filing for a no-fault divorce and claiming under penalty of perjury that she wasn’t able to locate Elmi due to his return to the UK.

Omar then married Hirsi in 2018, legally this time.

“Marital problems” developed, partially due to Omar’s rising stardom as a “squad” member and her constant travel, and partially due to her affair with her political strategist, Tim Mynett.  Omar and Hirsi’s divorce was finalized in November of last year after an October filing, although they kept it a secret for as long as possible.

Hirsi remarried 37 days after the divorce was finalized.

The New York Post obtained a plethora of documents and discovered that Omar appeared to be living with Hirsi since their Muslim union in 2002 despite the “split” and her marriage to her alleged brother.

Reports show that Omar was physically living with both Elmi and Hirsi during the time she was supposed to be separated from Hirsi and married to Elmi.

Clear as mud?

Omar’s 2017 divorce from Elmi was based on her swearing under oath that she had no way of contacting him.  The documents, however, including lease and eviction records show that Elmi was living just 2.6 miles away from her at a Minneapolis apartment.

A month after Omar filed the divorce papers Elmi was caught in Minneapolis driving on a cancelled license, and the address listed then was another apartment in Minneapolis.

Additionally, Omar’s campaign funds are being scrutinized due to the near $270,000 that has been funneled into her love affair, Mynett.

The two deny the affair, but Mynett’s wife filed for divorce last August and the paperwork stated that Mynett had told her of his affairs with Omar in April, saying he was in love with the Representative.

Specifically, the investigation into that matter seeks to determine whether Omar used travel funds illegally in order to have Mynett travel along with her wherever she went.  This investigation was sparked when Omar noted funds of $3,000 being spent on “travel,” but the entry wasn’t itemized as required for that category.

If the FBI is able to prove that Omar did in fact marry her brother, a sentiment she adamantly denies, the conviction of marriage fraud is punishable with up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

To end on a high note, here are some things that Omar’s fellow Somalians are currently saying about her on the Somali Spot message board:

Ahlubayt said “I generally don’t like Ilhan, how she turned out to be, pro Arab and etc.”

Muhammad Bire said:

“I think long term, even if she does win this race, she shot herself in the foot with antisemitism. Any American knows Jews control the media, money, and policies in this country,”

and

“You know, I can count on 10 hands the Somalis I know that would’ve been better suited for a position in congress. Compare her to her peers. She doesn’t seem very qualified.”

SuleymanPitt astutely noted:

“Ilhan purely because she is somali. I dont care about anything else. More somalis in power the better. If Xi Jing Ping was somali, I would be pro China.”

Cilmi-doon said:

“This Arab lady is a pawn of the white supremacists. She’ll just fade away,” and “As for Ilhan [Omar], I don’t agree with everything she says but, I support her based on the fact that she’s a successful sister. That much I owe her.”

Awdalia Rising said:

“Ms. Omar has embarrassed us enough.”

Mbxsys said:

“Why vote for a bedwench Somali though? Why empower that?” and “She stopped being a “sister” when she cheated on her black Muslim family for an old white Jewish assistant, gave him half a million illegally, and assisted in the killing of Margery Magill.”

General Asad said:

“Ilhan has made way too many enemies.  Her campaign video’s comment section is telling. No one will vote her in.”

Fingers crossed, General!

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