Man convicted of welfare fraud at halal market

January 12, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who was accused of a massive welfare fraud scheme at a grocery store with his brother has been convicted.

Abdulkareem Daham was found guilty Thursday of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Federal agents raided Ahram Halal Market in 2016 after being tipped off of unusually high sales at the market coming from food stamps. Prosecutors say Daham and his older brother, Ali Ratib Daham, had allowed customers to exchange food assistance benefits for cash at a discounted rate from June 2011 through April 2016.

Ali Ratib Daham pleaded guilty to multiple offenses including conspiracy and money laundering last year. Both brothers are awaiting sentencing.

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