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Where Did $6 Trillion in Covid Funding Go?

Congress rightfully doled out big checks for pandemic relief. Unfortunately, many of them ended up in the wrong pockets. 

Follow the money.

Follow the money.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP

Corruption is “a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy,” said a certain vice president, back in 2014. Now commander in chief, Joe Biden must confront a corruption problem unfolding on his watch: the spiraling costs of misspent Covid funds.

In recent court filings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has described a “massive fraud scheme” in which nonprofit organizations in Minnesota illegally diverted aid money intended to feed needy kids and used the proceeds “to purchase real estate, cars and other items.” All told, the groups received some $65 million from federal food programs during the pandemic.