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December 14, 2018

Brothers sentenced in $1.4M welfare fraud scheme at grocery store

June 24, 2018
The Ahram Halal Market on Forest Ave. in Portland, Maine. (Google Maps Street View)

PORTLAND, Maine — Two brothers accused of a massive welfare fraud scheme at a Portland grocery store have been sentenced to federal prison.

The Bangor Daily News reports that 41-year-old Ali Ratib Daham of Westbrook pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to defraud the United States government, money laundering and theft of government funds. He was sentenced to three years on Monday.




He was sentenced to three years in prison for the $1.4 million scam, according to the Bangor Daily News.

A federal prosecutor called the case “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in (Maine),” the Bangor Daily News reported.

His brother 23-year-old Abdulkareem Daham was sentenced to two years after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. during a jury trial.

Federal agents raided Ahram Halal Market in 2016 after being tipped off of unusually high sales at the market coming from food stamps. Prosecutors said the brothers had allowed customers to exchange food assistance benefits for cash at a discounted rate from June 2011 through April 2016.

The older brother will have to cough up $1.4 million in restitution, while the younger brother was ordered to pay $955,000, the Bangor Daily News reported.




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