Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces New Ethics Complaint Over Husband Tim Mynett’s Business Ventures in Minnesota

Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces New Ethics Complaint Over Husband Tim Mynett’s Business Ventures in Minnesota

Rep. Ilhan Omar is under fire again, this time due to an ethics complaint alleging that she failed to disclose significant assets from her husband’s weed and alcohol business.

Omar’s husband, Tim Mynett, a Democratic operative, has been a point of contention since their marriage in 2020, and now his business activities are attracting more criticism.

Investor Dispute and Legal Actions

The latest controversy stems from a report by the Minnesota Reformer.

It reveals that Mynett is being sued for not adequately repaying business investors.

The complaint urges the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to initiate an investigation, potentially leading to further action by the House Ethics Committee.

Business Deal Gone Sour

In 2021, Mynett and his business partner Will Hailer secured a $300,000 investment from Naeem Mohd, a D.C. restaurateur, to start a wine business called eStCru.

They promised to triple Mohd’s investment within 18 months.

Hailer and Mynett, who co-founded the consulting firm E Street Group, which received $3 million from the Omar campaign in 2020, used grapes from a former client and hired a reputable Sonoma winemaker, Erica Stancliff, to produce the wine.

Broken Promises and Legal Woes

Despite their ambitious plans, things quickly unraveled.

According to a lawsuit filed on Mohd’s behalf, Mynett and Hailer managed to pay back only $300,000, and that was a month late.

Stancliff stopped receiving payments in early 2023 and eventually resigned after months without compensation.

Around the same period, in April 2023, Mynett and Hailer agreed to pay $1.7 million to three South Dakota marijuana entrepreneurs to settle a separate lawsuit involving allegations of fraud and breach of contract.

However, they have only paid $500,000 so far and still owe $1.2 million.

Discrepancies in Financial Disclosures

In her 2021 financial disclosure, Omar reported her husband’s stake in eStCru to be worth between $15,000 and $50,000.

By the next year, she updated the value to between $50,000 and $100,000, but it dropped back to $15,000-$50,000 in 2023.

According to legal expert Kamenar, if Mynett was an equal partner following Mohd’s investment, the company would have needed to incur significant losses for its value to decrease so drastically.

The ongoing scrutiny and these fresh allegations may lead to further investigations into Omar and Mynett’s business dealings, raising questions about transparency and financial ethics in their operations.

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