LEWISTON – The head of a local health care services company was back at his office Thursday, a day after federal agents served him with court papers.

Mohdi Ali, president of Decent Home Care Inc., said agents seized files critical to his company’s operation.

Decent Home Care Inc. provides nonmedical, health care-related services to disabled people. The company currently serves between 35 and 40 clients, Ali said. He said Decent expects to continue providing those services but may not be able to continue without the missing paperwork.

Ali said federal agents arrived at his offices on the fourth floor of The Professional Building at 145 Lisbon St. Wednesday morning with a search warrant. He said it was unclear what they were seeking or what aspect of his business they were investigating.

Garaad Dees, co-owner of Global Home Health Care Agency Inc., declined to comment Thursday on the investigation or any allegations. Global Home Health Care is on the fifth floor of The Professional Building.

Dees said Wednesday that federal agents showed up at his office just after 8 a.m. with a subpoena alleging fraud.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Inspector General at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development as well as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, converged on the two floors at the office building Wednesday morning and hauled a dozen boxes to waiting vehicles after a daylong search.

All inquiries were referred to U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby in Portland, who said Wednesday and Thursday that she had no comment on the raid.

Dees said Wednesday that the agents kept him in his office until 1 p.m., confiscating his cell phone before they let him leave.

His company provides nonmedical care in the home and employs 12 people, he said Wednesday. It’s funded by DHHS through Elder Independence of Maine.

The company is registered with the Maine Secretary of State’s office as a recognized corporation, with Dees listed as the co-owner, alongside Jama Taakilo, a Bates Street resident. The Maine company is not associated with a similarly named Global Home Health Care Inc. in Minnesota, according to the office supervisor of that company.

Both for-profit companies provide personal care services to elderly or disabled clients in their homes through regional placement agencies.

Pam Allen, executive director of SeniorsPlus, a nonprofit agency in Lewiston, said the two companies have supplied in-home workers or personal care assistants to eligible clients for the past year or two. She said services include helping clients with eating, dressing, bathing, cooking, light housekeeping and mobility (for example, moving from a wheelchair to another piece of furniture).

Allen said she wasn’t aware of any complaints lodged by her group’s clients about services provided through the two companies. She said that, to her knowledge, those services were continuing.

All in-home workers are required to have completed a training certification program and to have passed a criminal background check before seeing clients, she said.


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