Maine: Wealthy Muslim immigrant owners of first halal market jailed for housing fraud


via Lewiston market owners to serve 19 months in jail | Sun Journal. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

A Lewiston couple who owns Lewiston’s first halal market was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 19 months in jail for bilking the federal government out of more than $46,000 in housing subsidies.

Roda Abdi, 46, and her husband, Ali-Nassir Ahmed, 54, both of 208 Ash St., Lewiston, appeared in the Androscoggin County Law Library on Tuesday. Each was convicted of a single count of felony theft by deception at a bench trial last year.

 Active-Retired Justice Robert Clifford sentenced Abdi to four years in prison with all but 10 months suspended; Ahmed received four years with all but nine months suspended. Both are to spend three years on probation once they’ve served their time in jail.

 The couple remained free Tuesday pending appeal. They filed notice to take the case to the state’s highest court shortly after sentencing.

 The judge’s sentence nearly matched the jail time prosecutors were seeking in the two cases.

 Defense attorneys were seeking one-year sentences with no jail time for their clients.

 Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin offered other examples of sentences for welfare fraud similar to those recommended for Abdi and Ahmed.

 But unlike those defendants and unlike most Mainers, she said, the Lewiston couple had so much money at their disposal that they were able to buy a multi-unit apartment building in Lewiston and were in the process of buying a second building — all with cash. Deposits to their store accounts over 4½ years totaled more than $3.2 million, she said.

 At the same time, they told the housing agency they had no income or assets, or minimal income.

 “They have not accepted responsibility,” Robbin told the judge. Two dozen letters submitted to the court on the couple’s behalf suggest “they have not come clean with friends, family and acquaintances.”

 They and their business are held up as models of good citizenry and community, Robbin said.

 “That becomes a concern to the extent that they are translating for newcomers and helping them to transition to American society. We need to send a message that they are not role models in how they conducted themselves in defrauding the system,” Robbin said.

 She noted that neither defendant had expressed remorse, nor accepted responsibility for his or her criminal actions.

 Defense attorney Peter Rodway, who defended Ahmed, said neither defendant had addressed the court about their crimes because they planned to appeal their convictions and sentences.

He said the theft the couple was convicted of was from a government agency, not from a person, thereby lessening its personal effect.

Robbing from the government IS robbing from the people who pay taxes. Deport them.

“They were fairly sophisticated businesspeople,” Justice Clifford said of the couple, whose tenants’ rents were subsidized by the government.

 “They had little need for the subsidy. They had ample assets,” he said, unlike many people who commit welfare fraud, who are impoverished and seek to bump up their benefits by cheating on paperwork.

In his verdict, Clifford highlighted Abdi and Ahmed’s filing of federal forms requesting aid. They cited little or no income. Abdi listed herself as a salaried employee at the store. Yet, she owned the store that grossed more than $840,000 a year at its height.

They also bought properties.

Between March 2004 and December 2005, Abdi and Ahmed bought apartment buildings at 210 Ash St. and at 199 and 215 Bartlett St. Together, the three properties cost more than $300,000 and were paid for with cash.

Abdi and Ahmed sat quietly throughout the courtroom proceedings, including Tuesday, hiding their faces as they listened to a live translation of the proceedings.

Update March 2015: They appealed and lost.

63 thoughts on “Maine: Wealthy Muslim immigrant owners of first halal market jailed for housing fraud

  1. Why did the proceedings need translation? Defrauding the system but can’t understand/speak English?? Deport them already!!

    • @Cindy. YOU SAID IT! They’re all here with an agenda – MOCK, GET FREE WELFARE, AND USURP OUR AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE!


      P.S. If they disagree, let them PUBLICLY denounce mohammed!!! Yeah, like that’ll ever happen!!

      On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 9:16 PM, Creeping Sharia wrote:

      > cindy commented: “ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!!!! THEY’RE ALL DOING IT.. SHIP > EM OUT!!!!”

  2. They need to pay back every penny with interest.Then they need to be sent back to where they came from never to return.Being put in our jails we are still paying.And just because. They should have to give every penny they made here in maine to a charity in maine.

  3. This is bullshit i was born here in maine and i tried to to get help with houseing and could not iam on disablity and was told that i make to.much money they should pay it all back n be deported

    • Not so. Your comment is worthless. You must be defrauding taxpayers also. This trash that has invaded this country came from trash country thst they made into trash. Mow here they intend to bring this country into the shithole too. They should revieve death penalty.

  4. If an American citizen did this it is jail time. They lied and cheated the state and the federal government. They should sell the store and the properties pay it all back and then be deported. But this country will not do that to a Muslim.

  5. ok, let me get this straight in my head. They were living for free (or close to it) by our government with housing and I’m sure all the benefits that could get to go along with it. NOW we’ll still be supporting them by still providing a roof, 3 meals, free health, free internet and tv, heat and water while they sit in jail?

    • Well, technically yeah, you’re right, except that once they (and their fellow jihadis) succeed in turning our once vibrant inexhaustible welfare/ prison system into a muslim-style prison, they won’t have hot water and tv anymore. Maybe no meals either!

      Amazing, isn’t it? How can ya lose with a system like we have here. Makes ya wonder, who the stupid ones are, don’it???

  6. I work at a food store an see a lot of them come in with food ventures from the city but then pay the difference with there food card an I see the balance with 9hundred or more I thought u get help from the city if u nerd the help not to mention I see the kids, husband and the wife’s all with food cards witch I thought only one per house hold our system is a joke… we give all to them and mean while our people are homeless and starving so we can keep giving to them so they can provide for there. Stores with ebt cards… makes me sick seeing this sad every day….

    • Do ur fucking job and stop looking and peeking other peoples balances they must got more kids and what ever they are eligible they got I am American work 3 jobs n don’t get any assistant but if I need it Tomorow it’s there for me so u if u want go n get your portion n better not peek my balance u white miserable ignorant the low is for those who disobey you have no right to look what other people have that is why u r a cashier go to school and get better job instead of wanting what other people get n those who committed is delt with those who have the power to so stop the none sense and leave the people alone you ugly ass

      • Not so. Your comment is worthless. You must be defrauding taxpayers also. This trash that has invaded this country came from trash country thst they made into trash. Mow here they intend to bring this country into the shithole too. They should revieve death penalty.

  7. You people are disgusting.
    What they did was wrong, but people from this country do it all the time. Should we deport them, too? Sickening. How many of you are actual Americans? Come over on the Mayflower?
    It’s not anyone’s fault but your own that you are miserable, ignorant, and have to live in Lewiston. Such bigots! You should be ashamed.

    • @HumanB. Ya know, actually it is probably you that is disgusting. See, nobody but NOBODY is a BIGOT who stands up for his own rights and interests. The people in Lewiston have a right to demand justice against these common thieves! These people are deliberately stealing, lying and defrauding our American system of welfare. The kindest thing that we could do to them is to DEPORT THEM (which probably won’t ever happen). The next kindest thing would be to sentence them both to 40 years behind bars (remember Rev. Jim Bakker??? that’s what they sentenced him and he didn’t even get that money personally). So, let me get this right….according to your way of thinking, it’s OK to defraud the American taxpayers of welfare money, just so long as you’re not the only one DOING IT!!!

      P.S. @WhyReligionM. How do I know that you are a muslim???

    • The people that came here on the Mayflower were Europeans numb nuts. By your logic Native Americans are not Americans? To answer your question as to whether or not we should deport people that do the same thing that are from this country… yes we should. Great idea.

  8. You guys are bunch of hypocrites. Whites and African Americans are the most population on welfare and abusing government assistance. So what if English is not their language. imagine u living in Somalia, I bet u could never the language. So stop judging, you fucking racist assholes. Rednecks and niggers.

      • I like how you act like America belongs to you. You’re just mad that we came here and doing better than some of you drug addicts and alcoholics. So get a damn life. P.S I’m never was on welfare and never will be. Maybe I can send your racist ass to school. Oops did I hit a nerve? 😜

        • @Anonymous. America, the “home of the free and the brave” used to be known as a CHRISTIAN nation – not because everybody endorsed Christianity personally, but because Americans, en masse, endorsed the principles of Christianity, i.e., THE GOLDEN RULE, ‘live and let live’ and most of all, tolerance toward non-Christians! At that time, little did anyone think that those very principles of tolerance and equality would be used against us to our very utter destruction! You, my friend, are a prime example of that kind of treachery! You are not here to assimilate nor to help improve this land – you’re here to destroy everything and everyone that you can! Your very words betray you because you’re full of cursing and hatred! BTW, are you threatening me??? Tell me who you really are. I have a good intention to report you as a potential TERRORIST and if I don’t, there are plenty more eyes and ears who blog on this website WHO WILL!!!

          • Lol you are funny.. Go get a life, you useless piece of shit. You can’t do anything to anyone. When u talk down on Muslims, it’s a pass but when I said your ignorant and racist, I’m a terrorist. Go learn the difference you lowlife loser. We’re not going anywhere so you better get used to us. We came to America just like you did so stop acting like it belongs to you. It belongs to the Native Americans. Go back to Germany or Ireland or wherever u came from hahaha

          • @Anonymous or ‘sowhat’ or WHATEVER.

            *I really find it intriguing how you changed your blog name! Scared someone will discover your true identity? One thing is sure – you cannot hide from the True and Living God, his NAME is JESUS! One day you’ll call on Him to save you! For your sake, I hope it’s not too late because your allah DOES NOT EXIST and cannot help you, and there is no such thing as a paradise with ’72 black-eyed virgins’! THAT’S A LIE FROM THE LIPS OF SATAN!!!*

  9. Jesus is a prophet of Allah and he should not be worshipped. He is a human like yourself and that’s a fact. I didn’t say anything negative about any religion nor do I have the intentions. Islam is a religion that deserves respect just like all religions but ignorant people like yourself exist and label us names. I’m sure the bible says to respect all religions but I guess you are the satan’s child and don’t know any better. Please educate yourself before you talk bad about any religion. #Islamphobic #Devil

  10. What a disgusting comments you guys posted here. You guys should very ashamed and disguisted for uttering such of words claiming to be Americans. We all came from different parts of the world and judging should not be the first conclusion we jump into.

  11. Hello white racist,

    All criminals go to jail and deserve to be panished by the government. But, no immigrant has more rights than other immigrant as some of you from Europe, Asia, Africa and all other unknown places.

    Here, we don’t need to mention religion, beliefs such ad Muslim, Christianity and etc.

    • What part of “THIS CONVERSATION HAS ENDED!!!” don’t you muslims get???

      I’m a Bible-totin’ Christian who believes in ALL that Jesus Christ said and did! He Himself, claimed to be “the Son of the Highest”! According to the teachings of islam, that would automatically make Him a LIAR! If so, then He surely can’t be a prophet of any kind, can He???

      P.S. When I was a younger individual I cursed God and Jesus Christ! I was worthy of God’s immediate judgment. I knew I was wrong, but I was angry at God for personal reasons. Long story short, when I REPENTED of my rebellious attitude, JESUS FORGAVE ME! Now I am His “love-slave” FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!

      Now please, tell me how your allah-god has saved you from cursing and hatred, I and others on this website really want to know!

      • You need to seek mental help because you’re delusional and have nothing better to do then argue. You’re disrespectful and pathetic. You keep disrespecting Allah but lets see how your miserable life gets even worse. If you were a true believer of Christianity, you wouldn’t talk negative about any religion or Anyone’s belief. So psych ward for you my friend. Jesus is a prophet and will hold u accountable on the day of judgement for making him something he is not. He is a respectable prophet and May peace be upon his soul.

        • I REPENTED of my rebellious attitude, JESUS FORGAVE ME! Now I am His “love-slave” FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!

          Now please, tell me how your allah-god has saved you from cursing and hatred, I and others on this website really want to know!

        • Everyone knows that allah was a paedophile who married her at 6 years old and had sex with her at 9 years year old – ragheads consider him to be the last prophet sent by God, born 650 years after Jesus who practiced peace on earth, while the muzzies practiced, lying, theft, murder and hate towards faiths other than their own. Hmm somehow methinks the raghead saracens are a disease and a crusade has started to reclaim our holy lands

  12. “When a professing Christian leads a double life, he is no longer a Christian, he’s an apostate! ”

    Are you serious? You described half of the Christians as apostates.

    By the way, you don’t have a problem with the headline this site gave this story yet you are wining about my links. Why

    • Thank you, ‘*rahna*’, your comment is truly a breath of fresh air! If all muslims thought like you, we’d eliminate this problem completely, wouldn’t we!

      P.S. I’m making the assumption that, being ‘Somali’, you are probably a muslim. If not, please disregard that part.

      On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 3:48 AM, Creeping Sharia wrote:

      > rahna commented: “I’m Somali, and I think their crusty looking face > should be deported!”

  13. I am somali , I nave get one dime in the government . Those people they are Geordie , thieves and they emparrism the Muslim people, and somali people.
    They should be in jell more than 2 YERS

    • Thank you, ‘abdi’, for your honesty! Nobody here is saying that we hate muslims, but what we hate, ‘abdi’, is when muslims tell us that they are BETTER THAN all other people! If muslims want to “live and let live” I’m sure they would be welcome to live anywhere in the world. The problem arises when you (muslims) say you are better than everyone else, and you think you don’t have to obey the Constitutional laws of the land! That’s a terrible way to live and it is the reason that these people have stolen and cheated and lied!

      These people are thieves and liars! They need to be convicted and sent to jail for a long time. Yes, a lot longer than 2 years! What’s more, they should be ordered to pay back the money that they stole – even if that means losing everything that they own! It only makes sense – they stole most of the money they have anyway.

      Now, we can have a decent conversation WITHOUT ALL THE CURSING AND SLANDER, don’t you agree???

      P.S. Jesus Christ has taught us to LOVE those who hate us and despitefully use us! Now tell me the truth, ‘abdi, where in your koran, does it ever tell you to LOVE your enemies??? Seriously, ‘abdi, YOU KNOW THE ANSWER to that question, don’t you? I suggest you buy a bible and start reading it. Start with the New Testament – it’s all about Jesus – written by those who knew Him best. Jesus never taught his followers to hate anyone. Not the same person as your Issa, whom your koran says is a liar and a fraud.

  14. What they’ve done stands next to nothing in comparison to what Americans do. Americans wiped out the indigenous people of the land, which you reside. They are still in the process of destroying the world. you sit in front of your screens and are shockes by the behaviour of two people. You should be ashamed of yourselves, what they’ve done is 0.0000000001% of the problems Americans cause. Why don’t you all return to your countries, if you remeber where your from (probably Europe). Clean your hands of the blood you’ve spilt.

    • At one point in time, before the United States existed, there were no – as in zero, none – Muslim countries.

      Now there are at least 57 countries that have been entirely conquered by Muslims – so much so they are deemed Islamic countries. There are many more countries including many in the West (US included) now having their populations killed, forced to flee or converted to Islam. It started in Medina and Mecca and hasn’t stopped.

      This is not about two people – who abused American taxpayers who accepted and funded them – it’s about an intolerant ideology that has a specific stated goal of conquering the entire world until only Allah is praised.

      Clearly you have no problem living in America and enjoying the freedoms of people you so despise when you have 50+ Muslim countries and numerous other countries you could go live in if you put your money where your mouth is.

      Hypocrisy or ignorance – either way, another fine example.

  15. Shocked

    I am typing faster than I would have normally. It’s important you all understand just where you stand.

  16. What Do Muslims Believe about Jesus?

    Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him).  They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind.  The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary).  The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

     (Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God).  He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be).  God creates what He wills.  If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.”  (Quran, 3:45-47)

    Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God, the same command that had brought Adam into being with neither a father nor a mother.  God has said:

     The case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam.  He created him from dust, and then He said to him, “Be!” and he came into being. (Quran, 3:59)

    During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles.  God tells us that Jesus said:

     “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord.  I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission.  I heal the blind from birth and the leper.  And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission.  And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses….”  (Quran, 3:49)

    Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified.  It was the plan of Jesus’ enemies to crucify him, but God saved him and raised him up to Him.  And the likeness of Jesus was put over another man.  Jesus’ enemies took this man and crucified him, thinking that he was Jesus.  God has said:

     …They said, “We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.” They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)…  (Quran, 4:157)

    Neither Muhammad  nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.1

    The Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

    (For in-depth articles on Jesus, please refer to the links at In-Depth Articles on Jesus.)

    Next: What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?



    (1) Muslims also believe that God revealed a holy book to Jesus called the Injeel, some parts of which may be still available in the teachings of God to Jesus in the New Testament.  But this does not mean that Muslims believe in the Bible we have today because it is not the original scriptures that were revealed by God.  They underwent alterations, additions, and omissions.  This was also said by the Committee charged with revising The Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version).  This Committee consisted of thirty-two scholars who served as members of the Committee.  They secured the review and counsel of an Advisory Board of fifty representatives of the co-operating denominations.  The Committee said in the Preface to The Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version), p. iv, “Sometimes it is evident that the text has suffered in transmission, but none of the versions provides a satisfactory restoration.  Here we can only follow the best judgment of competent scholars as to the most probable reconstruction of the original text.” The Committee also said in the Preface, p. vii, “Notes are added which indicate significant variations, additions, or omissions in the ancient authorities (Mt 9.34; Mk 3.16; 7.4; Lk 24.32, 51, etc.).”
    For more in-depth articles regarding this subject, please visit the following external web pages: Confessions of the New American Bibleand Bible Contradictions. 

     Thank you very much for reading

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