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Seattle couple living in lakeside luxury found guilty of welfare fraud

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A Seattle couple living in a lakeside mansion will now make their home behind prison bars after being sentenced to 18 months each for welfare fraud.

Chiropractor David Silverstein, 60, and Lyudmila Shimonova, 53, were given the maximum sentence during Friday’s court appearance. The pair had previously pleaded guilty to related offenses.

The couple was living in a million dollar home, complete with boat dock, as they collected $1,200 each month in housing assistance, prosecutors said.

The program has a long waiting list, KING-TV reported.

During the long-running fraud, the duo received $261,703 in improper rent subsidies, food stamps and medical benefits, the federal complaint said.

They carried out the scam by painting Shimonova as a low-income mother paying rent to landlord Silverstein.

Over 10 years, 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.

The couple drove a Jaguar.

Shimonova also collected money from state and federal programs that aid disabled Americans and feed the needy.

Prosecutors called the crime especially egregious because the pair lived in the lap of luxury while carrying out the fraud, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

 

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So, basically, they get a slap on the wrist sentence going to a country club jail and have to pay back what they owe plus $30,000 which is nothing to these people.

 

WEAK.

 

You want to discourage these people - the only thing they care about is money, TAKE IT FROM THEM. Try $260,000 in restitution plus an additional $750,000 in penalties AND spending time in a prison with the violent criminals. Hit them in the one place it really hurts, their standard of living, to discourage fraud by asshats like them and others.

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So, basically, they get a slap on the wrist sentence going to a country club jail and have to pay back what they owe plus $30,000 which is nothing to these people.

 

WEAK.

 

You want to discourage these people - the only thing they care about is money, TAKE IT FROM THEM. Try $260,000 in restitution plus an additional $750,000 in penalties AND spending time in a prison with the violent criminals. Hit them in the one place it really hurts, their standard of living, to discourage fraud by asshats like them and others.

 

 

Welcome back Subway Guy. I dont always agree with subway guy but on his statement above, he right 100%. Further proof, white collar criminals (which these 2 dirtbags are :D )is just a much a serious problem as those who abuse welfare/government assistance for the poor. Both of these cases costing American taxpayer hundred of millions or more every year.

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