September 5, 2013

Portland businessman sent to prison for illegal welfare benefits

Dafle Ali was drawing a six-figure salary and still collecting food stamps and federal housing assistance.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — A Portland man who pleaded guilty to making false statements to obtain Medicaid, food stamps and federal housing assistance funds while drawing a six-figure salary is going to prison for two months.

A judge also ordered Dafle Abdullahi Ali to pay restitution and sentenced him to two years of supervised release.

Prosecutors said Ali received MaineCare benefits and food stamps from 2008 and 2009 while he was owner of Home Health Care Solutions, which provided home-based care to the elderly and disabled. Prosecutors say he was making more than $100,000 a year but told the state he was making about $36,000 a year.

Judge D. Brock Hornby said Ali's crimes were not victimless, noting that others who were truly needy were denied services because of the defendant's actions.

 

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