A York man with a gas station, a four-bedroom residence, a 2008 Mercedes Benz E350 and more than $58,000 in the bank, while receiving $1,124 a month in Social Security disability benefits, has been charged with Medicaid fraud, a U.S. Attorney’s Office release says.
Nagy Mohamed Abdelhamed, whose age is listed in different court documents as both 65 and 68, applied for Medicaid and SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) in August 2014. In his application, he stated he had no monthly income, did not own any property except for his residence, had only $1,000 in cash assets and did not disclose ownership of the Mercedes.
That same month, Abdelhamed sold his gas station for $172,883 and deposited $87,016 the proceeds into a bank, according to the news release.
He then continued to receive Medicaid and SNAP benefits into 2018, collecting almost $30,000 in benefits.
Between 2014 and 2018, Abdelhamed continued to falsify his financial assets, according to the grand jury indictment.
A federal grand jury indicted Abdelhamed on Sept. 19, 2018, on one count of health care fraud and six counts of false statements in health care matters.
Following his arrest, Abdelhamed entered a plea of not guilty and surrendered his passport. He was released from custody and directed not to leave the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsylvania jurisdiction.
No date has been set for trial, according to Abdelhamed’s federal case file.