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Feds: York County man wrongfully received $29K in benefits
A York County man was indicted on charges alleging he fraudulently obtained nearly $30,000 in benefits over a four-year period.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Monday, Sept. 24, that Nagy Mohamed Abdelhamed, 68, applied for Medicaid and SNAP benefits with the York County Assistance Office over four years ago and never disclosed that he had thousands of dollars in his bank account.
Abdelhamed is charged with Medicaid fraud and six counts of false statements in health care matters.
Allegations: According to Abdelhamed's indictment, he applied for Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits from the office in August 2014, even though he owned a four-bedroom home, a gas station and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz and received about $1,124 a month in Social Security disability benefits.
In his application he wrote that he had no monthly income, did not own any property other than his home and only had $1,000 total in all bank accounts, according to the indictment.
At the time of his application, he had about $58,500 between eight different bank accounts, the release states.
Later that month he sold his gas station for $172,883 and deposited $87,016 of the sales into a bank account, the indictment alleges. He did not notify the York County Assistance Office of the sale or the money he received from it, officials said.
In January 2017, Abdelhamed received $1,100 a month from two college students who rented rooms in his home, which he also did not report, according to the indictment.
In September 2017, he completed a form for the continuation of SNAP benefits and falsely represented that his only financial resources were a checking account with $1,678 and a car that was valued at $4,000, officials said.
Less than a year later, in April 2018, he met with FBI agents in Harrisburg and told them he didn't receive any income for the two college students living in his home, which was a lie, according to his indictment.
The release states he fraudulently obtained $29,337 in benefits, which includes $20,338 in Medicaid benefits.
He was indicted on Sept. 19, according to federal court records. He remains free on $30,000 unsecured bond.
His attorney declined comment when reached Monday afternoon.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.