Skip to comments.Seattle mansion dwellers charged in welfare fraud
Posted on 05/08/2012 9:25:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog
A Seattle couple alleged to have been drawing government assistance while living in a $1.2 million Lake Washington home has been charged with defrauding the government and is expected to plead guilty.
Accusing the couple of stealing more than $115,000 meant to subsidize housing for the poor, federal prosecutors have filed felony theft charges against chiropractor David Mark Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova.
Both are expected to appear in U.S. District Court next week to answer the felony charge of theft of government funds, which was filed by information Tuesday. Attorneys for both defendants said Tuesday their clients will be pleading guilty.
Noting that the thefts have cost Silverstein personally and professionally, attorney David Allen said his client will be paying back twice the amount of government assistance prosecutors allege the couple received.
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At the time, investigators claimed Shimonova received $135,000 in federal housing assistance benefits that were paid to her "landlord" Silverstein, described as her husband in court documents for rent on the Island Drive South home. Shimonova was also alleged to have collected additional money through a federal program for destitute disabled Americans and state programs meant to feed needy families.
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“Inspector didn’t suspect fraud at welfare recipient’s million dollar home”
Must have been related to Sgt. Shultz from Hogan’s Heros. “ I saw nothing!”