Woman Charged in $4 Million Daycare Fraud Flees Before Trial

Yasmin Ali, a daycare and home health care owner charged with theft by swindle and racketeering millions from Minnesota taxpayers has disappeared before her trial.

As Alpha News reported in 2015:

“Deqo daycare center, which had three locations in Apple Valley, St. Paul, and Minneapolis was shut down in 2013 due to licensing violations and prosecutors charged  husband and wife Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Yasmin Abdulle Ali for bilking the state out of nearly $3.7 million, $3.1 million of which was collected from April 2012-January 2013.  The duo had recruited more than 100 parents to enroll their own children in the program.”

Originally Ali was charged and held with bail set at $1 million.  Ali argued that the $1 million was too high, so the court reduced it to $200,000.  Prosecutors were very concerned that Ali could be a flight risk and argued against the change in bail. Ali’s attorney argued that with six children at home it was unlikely Ali would flee before her Sept. 19, 2016 trial.

However, on Monday, Sept. 19, Ali did not show up for court.  A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

A KMSP Fox9 report stated that Ali’s attorney called his client’s failure to appear “unexpected,” but “would not say if he had been in contact with Ali.”

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s department is requesting that anyone with knowledge of Ali’s whereabouts contact them at 651-266-9333.
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Updated 8:38am 9/23/2016

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle is a former writer for Alpha News.