October 23, 2018
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Man to plead guilty to welfare fraud at Portland halal market

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Ahram Halal Market on Forest Avenue in Portland

A man accused of running a major welfare scam out of a Portland halal grocery is pleading guilty to several charges of federal food stamp and other welfare fraud.

Ali Ratib Daham is also pleading to money laundering and theft from the state’s MaineCare program. Prosecutors are agreeing to drop dozens of other charges in the case. The plea deal, filed earlier this month, will be considered in federal district court Tuesday afternoon, with sentencing to come later.

Daham’s younger brother is scheduled for trial on a related fraud charge early next year.

This report appears as part of a media partnership with Maine Public.

 


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