Man To Plead Guilty To Welfare Fraud At Portland Halal Market

Nov 28, 2017

A man accused of running a major welfare scam out of a Portland halal grocery is pleading guilty to several charges of federal food stamp and other welfare fraud.

Ali Ratib Daham is also pleading to money laundering and theft from the state’s MaineCare program. Prosecutors are agreeing to drop dozens of other charges in the case. The plea deal, filed earlier this month, will be considered in federal district court Tuesday afternoon, with sentencing to come later.

Daham’s younger brother is scheduled for trial on a related fraud charge early next year.

This story was originally published Nov. 27, 2017 at 5:29 p.m. ET. An earlier version of this story contained erroneous sentencing information.