Couple Who Live In $1.2m Home Accused Of Filing False Claims To Collect More Than $100,000 in Public Assistance
A civil lawsuit has been filed against David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova of Seattle, they are accused of making false claims to fraudulently receive more than $1,200 in public housing vouchers, state and federal disability checks, even food assistance.
The wealthy couple, who live in a $1.2m home and drive a Jaguar, went to prison after receiving $2,000 in public benefits every month for eight years!
Seattle chiropractor David Silverstein has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after illegally claiming benefits while living in his $1.2 million waterfront home. They have been doing this for a long time, it’s been reported the wealthy chiropractor, who has been in practice for more than 20 years, and his wife were living in a $1.2 million waterfront home while claiming almost $2,000 every month welfare benefits and food stamps, according to documents received. They have spent the past eight years flying to Moscow, Paris, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Turkey, it is believed they have been traveling on their illegally gotten benefits.
According to the report the prosecutors are demanding they pay back more than $135,000 in federal housing assistance received since 2003 and are seeking tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Federal authorities say the couple has collected more than $100,000 in public assistance.
Harold Malkin and Kayla Stahman said, “Defendants have separately and, it appears, in conjunction with one another, made false representations to various state and federal agencies in order to obtain federally funded benefits.”
According to the evidence Shimonova received benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as well as Social Security benefits reserved for those who cannot work due to age or disability, and whose assets fall below a certain threshold- $3,000 for a married couple or $2,000 for a single person.
The $1.2 million Seattle home is complete with boat dock and luxury gardens, but in the end, Silverstein, now 60, and Lyudmila Shimonova, 53, might be living in prison instead.
Edited 6/30/15 SCD