SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- Parthava Behesht Nejad, 82, of Springfield was sentenced to five years’ probation for concealing income in order to qualify for welfare benefits.
Nejad was also ordered to pay back more than $309,000, and must complete 300 hours of community service.
Investigators determined that Nejad owned eight rental properties in north Springfield worth more than $600,000.
Nejad transferred the properties to his foundation, Parthava Behesht Nejad International Foundation, prior to applying for welfare benefits in 2003.
He told the IRS that his foundation was a church and provided temporary housing for victims of religious persecution.
For more than a decade, Nejad claimed he had no income or assets and had only one bank account containing a few hundred dollars. In reality, Nejad’s properties generated substantial income and he had a bank account that at times contained more than $30,000.
In total, Nejad collected more than $154,000 in Supplement Security Income (SSI), food stamps, and Medicaid benefits between November 2003 and July 2014.