12/18/17, Maine First Media Staff Report,
A welfare scam has been running out of a Portland, Maine halal grocery store.
The scam took place at Ahram Halal Market.
Ali Ratib Daham has pled guilty to Food stamp and other welfare fraud — as well as money laundering.
Daham is being sentenced to at least a 33-month jail term and $1-Million in restitution. He could face deportation following the plea deal.
However, deportation rates in these cases are low and money obtained in these schemes are often shipped overseas — making the chances of Daham making full restitution highly unlikely.
The market sells meat that meets Sharia Law standards — meaning many of the customers involved in the food stamp fraud are likely Muslim.