May 3, 2013

Portland man pleads guilty in theft of public assistance

Federal prosecutors say Dafle Abdullahi Ali lived in public housing, received food stamps and got Medicaid benefits while earning $100,000 a year.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A Portland man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to making false statements to obtain Medicaid and food stamp benefits, and to theft of federal housing assistance funds.

Dafle Abdullahi Ali, 46, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 26 by Judge D. Brock Hornby. Ali faces up to five years in prison on the false statement charge, up to 10 years on the theft charge, and fines of up to $250,000 on each charge.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in 2008 and 2009 Ali was co-owner and director of finance of Home Health Care Solutions, a Portland company that provided home-based personal care services to elderly and disabled persons under the Maine Medicaid program. During that period, Ali also received MaineCare benefits and food stamps.

In February 2009, Ali signed a state form claiming he earned about $36,000 a year and had no savings, when he actually earned more than $100,000 and had $48,000 in bank accounts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Between August 2006 and November 2008, Ali and his family lived in Portland public housing. He under-reported his income to the Portland Housing Authority and illegally received more than $22,000 in rent subsidies, the release said.

Ali also fraudulently received and stole about $46,585 in MaineCare, food stamps and federal Housing and Urban Development benefits, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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