7/7/17 Update: On May 18th, 2017, the Anoka County Attorney dropped all charges in the case.
Charged with wrongfully obtaining more than $180,000 worth of government assistance and perjury, legal troubles and financial troubles are piling up for a Blaine, Minn. couple who contend they've done nothing wrong.
Abdulkarim Dahir said this is the first time he's seeing the charges filed against him and his wife, Halima Hagi
“It's all lies. It's all propaganda. Anoka County has been doing this for a long time,” Dahir said.
According to the criminal complaint, prosecutors say the couple have been applying for and receiving benefits from the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 2007, specifically, medical assistance and food stamps. Dahir said none of it was ever used.
The department became suspicious when it was discovered the family, including 6 children, are living in a home in Blaine complete with a basketball court out back purchased for nearly $380,000 a year after that government assistance started. Investigators add the couple has access to 15 different bank accounts, including one in Dubai, and they own three businesses. Dahir says Twin Cities Payroll and Accounting is the only one in operation. The complaint also says the couple lied about income over past 8 years since the government aid started ranging from $63,000 to $425,000.
Dahir provided nearly 200 pages of documents he's collected over the past few years including tax forms showing his income hasn't been above $63,000. Those documents also include collection notices from banks, credit cards and the IRS. Dahir says stemming from one of the previous business, about $500,000 is owed.
Dahir says he hasn't made a payment on his car in three months and his home is in foreclosure. Currently, he's using financial aid to attend law school at St. Thomas. He plans to file a discrimination lawsuit against Anoka County.