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JN
Sep 22nd, 2012, 06:51 AM
Seattle couple who collected welfare while living in million-dollar home heading to prison

By Associated Press, Published: September 21

SEATTLE — A Seattle couple who collected welfare while living in a $1.2 million waterfront home are headed to prison.

A federal judge sentenced chiropractor David Silverstein and his longtime partner, Lyudmila Shimonova, to 18 months in prison Friday. Silverstein also must pay a criminal fine of $30,000, even though he’s already paid $334,000 in restitution and civil penalties.

Shimonova was ordered to pay $261,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Silverstein pretended he was Shimonova’s landlord at a home on Lake Washington that she occupied with her two children. In reality, Silverstein was living there too.

Prosecutors say the couple received more than $1,200 each month in federal housing assistance. They also say Shimonova received more than $100,000 in state and Social Security benefits while owning a $12,500 platinum and diamond ring and $17,000 diamond earrings.

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Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/seattle-couple-who-collected-welfare-while-living-in-million-dollar-home-heading-to-prison/2012/09/21/de392518-0445-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html)

Related: David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova, Seattle 1 Percenters, Accused of Decade-Long Welfare Fraud

(http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/12/david_silverstein_and_lyudmila.php)

Vartan
Sep 22nd, 2012, 08:04 AM
6 months late buddy.

Vartan
Sep 22nd, 2012, 08:05 AM
But scum minority who cheat the system like this is the reason why so many people oppose welfare programs for people who actually need them.

JN
Sep 22nd, 2012, 08:12 AM
6 months late buddy.

How is it 6 months late when they were sentenced on Friday? Learn how to read.


But scum minority who cheat the system like this is the reason why so many people oppose welfare programs for people who actually need them.

You can perpetuate that myth all you want, Kleetus, but it ain't ain't flyin' with me.