Maine: Somali man and woman sentenced in health care fraud case

This is an update of the case we reported back in June.

From the Lewiston Sun Journal:

PORTLAND — A Lewiston man was sentenced to prison Friday for defrauding the government out of health care and other benefits.
His adopted sister was sentenced to home confinement.

At a court hearing Friday, Ahmed Yusuf Guled, 75, was ordered to serve four months in prison and to pay restitution of $119,440 and forfeit property totaling $109,733.

His sister, Dahabo Abdulle Osman, 59, of Portland was sentenced to six months of home confinement and five years of probation for the same offenses.

Senior U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby also ordered Osman to pay restitution totaling $102,509 and forfeit property totaling $88,642.02.

Guled and Osman were convicted in U.S. District Court on June 24, 2010, of conspiring to defraud the United States and commit health care fraud offenses, and separate charges of health care fraud.

The jury found that they fraudulently obtained Medicaid funds through MaineCare’s Home and Community Based Care Program, also known as the Waiver Program.

They didn’t just limit their fraud to Medicaid benefits, all sorts of welfare programs were ripped-off.

Guled and Osman were also convicted separately of making false statements to the Social Security Administration in connection with the receipt of Supplemental Security Income benefits, making false statements to housing officials with respect to public housing benefits and to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in connection with the receipt of MaineCare, food stamps or TANF benefits.

As I said the other day, I am glad the Obama Administration is hot on the trail of welfare fraud cases.

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