Prosecutors have accused Minnesota charity workers and their friends of stealing thousands of dollars meant to help the homeless outreach.
The money was given by state and local government to provide housing to the homeless. The scam could have concerned $750,000.
At least four people have been charges in connection with the scam. One of them, Shaneka Lashay Mzee pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. the three other defendants Aisha Lenee Davis, Leteaste Henry-Davis, Rachael Elisabeth Ekholm, and Sharre O. Rush, all planned to pretend being landlords willing to rent to homeless clients. They allegedly used fraudulent forms to split the proceeds between themselves.
Minnesota's homeless population increased of 4.5 percent between 2016 and 2017.