Start the denaturalization process ASAP……Plus EVERY market or Deli in the U.S. Deli like the one below should be investigated IMMEDIATELY!!…..Papa Mike
The owner of a Portland halal market ( Halal is Arabic for permissible. Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran …Papa Mike ) who, with his brother, traded $1.4 million in federal food benefits for cash was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court to three years in prison.
The federal prosecutor called the case “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits in [Maine].”
Ali Ratib Daham, 41, of Westbrook, who originally owned Ahram Halal Market, 630 Forest Ave., pleaded guilty in November to one count each of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, money laundering and theft of government funds.
A halal market under different ownership still operates at that address.
Daham remains free on bail until July 18, when he must report to a prison assigned by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
His brother, Abdulkareem Daham, 23, was sentenced Monday morning to two years in prison. He was convicted after a three-day jury trial in January of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to court documents.
The older brother was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution, while the younger was ordered to pay up to $955,000, according to their attorneys. The restitution order states that the men are equally responsible for payments but the younger brother’s payments are capped.
Ali Daham already has paid $80,000 toward restitution, according to court documents.
In addition to prison time, both men were sentenced to three years of supervised release.
In sentencing the older brother, U.S. District Court D. Brock Hornby, who himself is a naturalized citizen, said there were “no winners in a case like this.”
“By sentencing two brothers, I realize I’m creating great pain for this family,” he said. “I’m also creating great pain for the immigrant community, as many members have told me he was a great helper to them. Sadly, he was a helper to them by defrauding the government.”