Another juror was dismissed as the deliberations began

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Another juror in the federal trial for seven people charged in the massive Feeding Our Future fraud scheme was dismissed Tuesday morning as deliberations started.
That juror was dismissed before the defense attorneys finished closing arguments later in the day.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Reporter Kirsten Swanson says Judge Nancy Brasel dismissed a second juror Tuesday morning after a comment made by a family member.
Deliberations were put on hold briefly Tuesday morning as Brasel appointed an alternate juror.
Brasel issued a stern warning to the defendants and their attorneys to not contact any released juror without the court’s permission.
KSTP’s Complete Feeding Our Future Coverage Six men and one woman are charged in this first case stemming from the largest pandemic relief fraud in the country, for which 70 people in total are charged.
Prosecutors have said the defendants took advantage of the relaxed rules related to the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain.
The defense attorneys have said many of their clients never knowingly participated in any fraud and blamed the nonprofit sponsors and the state.

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As the jury’s deliberations began on Tuesday morning, another juror in the federal trial of seven individuals accused of participating in the massive Feeding Our Future fraud scheme was removed.

It happens one day after a juror revealed that she received a package at her house containing approximately $120,000 in cash along with a note urging her to clear the accused. Before the defense attorneys concluded their closing arguments later in the day, that juror was removed from the jury.

Judge Nancy Brasel dismissed a second juror on Tuesday morning based on a family member’s remark, according to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Kirsten Swanson.

The juror reported the conversation to the court, which instructed her to keep quiet to other jurors about what she had heard. The judge stated that the juror had called her family on Monday night to inform them that the jury was being sequestered. The family member replied, “Is it because of the bribe?”.

Tuesday morning, while Brasel selected a substitute juror, the proceedings were momentarily suspended.

With permission from the court, Brasel gave the defendants and their lawyers a strong warning not to speak with any of the released jurors.

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This is the first case involving charges stemming from the largest pandemic relief fraud in the nation, involving 70 people in total: six men and one woman. They are accused of a number of offenses, including $40 million in bribery, wire fraud, and conspiracy.

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Child Nutrition Program had laxer regulations, which the prosecutors claim the defendants took advantage of for personal benefit. Defense lawyers have claimed that many of their clients have never intentionally engaged in fraud and have placed the blame on the state and nonprofit sponsors.

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