PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to making false statements to obtain food stamp benefits and Medicaid. He also pleaded guilty to theft of federal housing assistance funds, according to a court official.
Dafle Abdullahi Ali, 46, received $46,585 in MaineCare, food stamps and HUD benefits to which he was not entitled, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty. Ali also illegally received more than $22,000 in rent subsidies.
He faces up to five years in prison on the false statement charge, 10 years on the theft charge and a $250,000 fine on each count.
According to court documents, Ali was owner and finance director of Home Health Care Services, a Portland company that provides home-based personal care services to the elderly and disabled through the Maine Medicaid program, from 2008 to 2009.
In February 2009, Ali signed a form he submitted to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services certifying that his joint income was approximately $36,000 a year and that he had only one bank account with a balance of $1. He actually received more than $100,000 per year in income and had $48,000 in four bank accounts.
Between August 2006 and November 2008, Ali and his family lived at a public housing unit owned by the Portland Housing Authority, and over that period, he underreported his income and assets to the Portland Housing Authority and illegally received more than $22,000 in rent subsidies.