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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Benefits Fraud and Theft Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2013

Contact: James W. Chapman, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Dafle
Abdullahi Ali, age 46, of Portland, pleaded guilty yesterday in the U.S. District Court in
Portland, before Judge D. Brock Hornby, to making false statements to obtain Medicaid and food
stamps benefits and theft of federal housing assistance funds.

According to court records, in 2008 and 2009, Ali was an owner of and the director of
finance for Home Health Care Solutions, a Portland company that provided home based personal
care services to the elderly and disabled under the Maine Medicaid (MaineCare)
program. During that period, Ali also received MaineCare benefits and food stamps. On
February 19, 2009, Ali signed a form that he submitted to the Maine Department of Health and
Human Services (MDHHS) certifying that his joint income was only $1,382.50, paid bi-weekly
(about $36,000 per year), and that he only owned one bank account with a $1.00 balance. In
fact, Ali received more than $100,000 per year in income and had $48,000 in four bank
accounts.

Between August 2006 to November 2008, Ali and his family resided in a public housing
unit administered by the Portland Housing Authority (PHA). The U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) paid a portion of Ali’s rent based on a formula that considered
the amount of income and assets reported by Ali to PHA. Over that period, Ali underreported
his income and assets to PHA and illegally received over $22,000 in rent subsidies.

According to U.S. Attorney Delahanty, Ali fraudulently received and stole about $46,585
in MaineCare, food stamps and HUD benefits. Ali faces up to 5 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. He will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S.
Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; HUD;
the U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; MDHHS’s Fraud, Investigation and
Recovery Unit; and the Healthcare Crimes Unit of the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

 

 

 

 

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