July 2017 - St. Paul man sentenced in major fraud scheme
Ramsey County District Court sentenced Joshua John Miller, 34, to five years in prison on June 1 for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. Miller had previously plead guilty to one count of racketeering, and had 16 counts of theft by swindle dismissed in a plea agreement. Between 2009 and 2012 Miller, with Yasmin Abdulle Ali, 36, of Fridley and her husband Ahmed Aden Mohamed, 48, owned child care centers under the name Deqo Family Center, with locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Apple Valley. Ali and Mohamed also owned All Nation Home Health Care. Miller, Ali and Mohamed, along with Jordan Christopher Smith, 31, of Cottage Grove, allegedly falsified records to receive more than $4 million of Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and Medicaid home health care payments to which they were not entitled.
In the criminal complaints, Ramsey County prosecutors allege that Ali and Mohamed recruited mothers to apply for CCAP claiming that their children would attend the defendants’ child care centers. The defendants then created false pay stubs for the mothers showing they worked more hours at the centers than they did, thus qualifying them for the program. Additionally, the defendants also created false training records for the mothers, which allowed them to work in the child care centers without the required training. The defendants billed both CCAP and Medicaid for care services that were not provided.
The investigation began in 2012 after a former employee of one of the child care centers reported that the group was receiving improper CCAP payments. The case was investigated by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, the St. Paul Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, the Minnesota Department of Revenue and DHS Office of Inspector General.
While Miller and Smith plead guilty, Ali and Mohamed are currently fugitives; warrants have been issued for their arrest. It is believed that Ali and Mohamed may have fled the country. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department Apprehension Unit is actively searching for them.