Portland business owner gets jail time for lying about income to get welfare benefits

Posted Sept. 05, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The owner of a company that provides home-based personal care services to the elderly and disabled was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to two months in jail for lying about his income to receive welfare benefits.

Dafle Abdullahi Ali, 46, of Portland also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay more than $46,000 in restitution.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby said that as a result of Ali’s actions, other individuals who were truly needy were denied services, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Ali pleaded guilty in May to making false statements to obtain Medicaid and food stamp benefits and theft of federal housing assistance funds.

The owner of Portland-based Home Health Care Solutions, Ali earned more than $100,000 a year while receiving benefits set aside for the poor, according to court documents.

In 2008 and 2009, he received benefits from MaineCare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after stating that his joint income was about $36,000 a year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday in a press release. Ali also said that he had one bank account with a $1 balance, when he had $48,000 in four bank accounts.

Between August 2006 and November 2008, Ali and his family resided in public housing administered by the Portland Housing Authority, the press release said. During that time, Ali underreported his income and illegally received more than $22,000 in rent subsidies.

Ali faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up $250,000.

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