Maine: Somali Muslim couple arrested in welfare fraud scheme

via Lewiston couple accused of welfare fraud — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

AUBURN, Maine — A Lewiston couple appeared in court Thursday to deny charges of welfare fraud 2½ years after federal agents raided the wife’s market on Bartlett Street.

Roda O. Abdi, 44, and her husband, Ali-Nassir H. Ahmed, 52, each pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony theft, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The couple is accused of fraudulently taking federal housing assistance money.

Abdi also was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of attempted theft in connection with attempts to redeem Women, Infants and Children program vouchers. That charge is punishable by up to 364 days in jail.

Their morning arraignment was aided by an interpreter who translated for the couple from English to Somali and to the judge from Somali to English.

The Androscoggin County grand jury indictments handed up last week had been impounded by the court after prosecutors expressed fears the couple might flee.

The couple was told Thursday to surrender their passports and not to leave the state as conditions of their release.

They posted $50,000 surety against the apartment building in which they live. The judge also offered the option of $25,000 cash bail.

More than a dozen members of the Somali community attended the courtroom hearings Thursday.

Investigators say the couple applied for U.S. Housing and Urban Development rental assistance for an apartment they rented at 149 Bartlett St. but failed to disclose their real estate holdings and income. The apartment building in which they live is owned by Abdi through a limited liability corporation called 210 Ash St. LLC, Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin said. Abdi also owns a building at 199 Bartlett St. that houses her market, A&R Halal Market, as well as apartments, called 199-214 Bartlett St. LLC.

The couple received roughly $18,000 in rental assistance at their apartment at 149 Bartlett St. over two years beginning in 2006, Robbin said. The total amount they received was roughly $58,000, but, because of the statute of limitations, they only can be prosecuted for the assistance they received from 2006 through 2008, Robbin said.

Investigators said Abdi also sought to fraudulently redeem copies of customers’ vouchers from the federal Women, Infants and Children program for an amount more than $1,000 and less than $2,000, Robbin said. WIC vouchers are available for supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. Abdi attempted to redeem copies of the vouchers, claiming the bank had lost the originals, Robbin said.

Ahmed was arrested on a warrant earlier this week and jailed until his Thursday court appearance. A warrant for Abdi’s arrest was recalled Thursday after she appeared at Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Federal agents had raided Abdi’s market in February 2010, apparently serving her with a search warrant. Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Treasury converged on the store midmorning and drove off midafternoon after packing their vehicles with about eight boxes of evidence.

Abdi was referenced in Sun Journal stories as the owner of the market dating to 2003. She told reporters at that time that she imported goat meat from as far away as Philadelphia because no Maine farmer slaughtered goats according to Muslim law.

In a Mother Jones magazine story, Abdi said she also offered henna to decorate women’s hands as well as all of the ingredients for Somali dishes.

Yep, same Mother Jones that shills for sharia law on a regular basis. 

34 thoughts on “Maine: Somali Muslim couple arrested in welfare fraud scheme

  1. I think this is the type case which should lead to careful vetting of immigrants, especially moslem, before moneys are exchanged. Either this person(s) misunderstood or ignored the laws about welfare. On the other hand, being a moslem COLONIST, CAIR would have a shit fit should such measures be taken.
    How about reducing the amount of aid abused by a factor ten to the offender’s home country.

  2. There Are A LOT Of Somalis In The Twin Cities, (Mn. ) That Does This. They Are Living It Up More Than Native-Born Citizens…..They Are Trying To Make The TC: “Little Somalia”…..& Outnumber Folks Like Me…….By Any Means Necessary. The Politicians Are Intimidated By The Somalis To Get Votes……& Some Get Citizenship Easier Than Other Immigrant Groups…..Because They Deliberately Cheat On The Citizenship Test……& Quickly Pay The Damn Fee. Remember Those Two Somali Broads Who’s Currently Facing Federal Charges For Funneling Money To Terrorists?……Both Are US Citizens…….Do Not Know English……Common Sense Tells They Cheat On Their Tests, Via Fluent English-Speaking Enablers……Who Give Them The Info…..& Quickly Pay The Fee. Don’t Be Surprised On Somali Immigrants Will Be Finally Be Investigated For Citizenship Fraud, Amongst Other Muslim/Elderly/Non-English Speaking Immigrants Over 50+…….PEACE!

    • most of Somali came to USA, Europe, Australia, and Canada are not Somali. They are from Djibouti and Ethiopian Somali. They lie and collect welfare and send to their country the tax payer money.Sorry to see as African and Muslim to see lies. USA Government look their back ground and send them back home.

  3. When will this escalate to the murder and dragging of mutilated Americans through the streets as the Somalians are accustomed too in their country?

  4. Why wouldn’t ther as they have KEITH ELLISON, converted MUSLIM helping them out. To stop this crap immigration we have to have a CONGRESS WITH GUTS tO STOP anymore MUSLIMS from cominyg here. IT ALL StARTED WITH clinton and CAN STOP WITH congress111

  5. Translators? What the hell are they doing in the US if they can’t speak English? How did she work at her market? This is just a ploy to use more of the hated ‘kaffir’s’ money. They have said one of the ways they will bring the West down is by bankrupting us—It’s working in Eurabia!

  6. They need to spend time in the worse prisons we have then ship back with all thier relatives out of our country. These people are animals nothing more. We spend billions on these illegals. We need a law if you can’t speak english you can’t come here. Probably some of Obama’s relatives.

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  8. Screw all these Muslim fags. I say kill them all, kick them out of America, do something!

    They come to America “a place they hate” paid for by Our tax dollars, driving cars we bought, living for free on us, given money to start a business instead of working hard for it like everybody else and then on top of that it’s tax free for 7 years or so?

    It’s bullshit. Fuck all you Muslim assholes. Got a problem with it? go home.

  9. These are the most stupid and ignorant comments. You forget that this country was founded on immigrants. Do you people know any Muslim people? Probably not… I do and alot of them. Not only immigrants abuse the system

    • I agree Sara. This has been going on for years, and not by immigrants. I know lots of immigrants who work and do wonderful things in our community.

  10. on welfare and can afford to wear CHANEL scarves??

    our nation was NOT built on ILLEGAL ALIENS entering and overstayed tourist visas that is not LEGAL IMMIGRATION- these people are THIEVES scamming money from those BORN HERE who do need housing DESPERATELY- you may know a couple Muslims Sara – do you know some Somali Pirates like these two??

    a couple of good Muslims do not make up for the FACTS & Stats – Muslims are running many ILLEGAL scams IN very ORGANIZED rings of CRIME– those are the type of people we DO NOT NEED HERE at all EVER

  11. Sara I agree . The comments on here are a disgrace. Yes our nation has been built on immigrants…legal and illegal. Imagine what the Native Americans thought about the folks that immigrated and stole their land. I know lots of other races that cheat and scam the system on a regular bases. People can be. So judgemental and rude.

  12. Can’t speak English. So come to lewiston, me an wear a towel on ur head an I’ll be set.. well provide everything you need.. lmfao

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