7 more indicted on federal food program fraud charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say seven more people face indictments in a Tennessee conspiracy to defraud a federally funded food program.

U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran’s office says a grand jury indicted them on Oct. 11, and it was recently unsealed.

The indictment says the defendants defrauded USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, claiming to be childcare providers and applying through the organization All About Giving, Inc.

The federally funded, state-administered program reimburses child care providers for low-income meals.

Most of the defendants are relatives of LaShane Hayes, All About Giving’s founder, who has pleaded guilty to charges and admitted stealing more than $1.5 million in program funds.

Prosecutors say the defendants overstated provider and child beneficiaries, cashed reimbursement checks and gave Hayes some money.

The indictment says each received $11,000 to $41,000.

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