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Seattle chiropractor, wife received welfare while living in $1.2 million house

Dec 8, 2004
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A Seattle chiropractor and his wife live in a $1.2 million waterfront home and have spent the past eight years flying to Moscow, Paris, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.



All the while, federal authorities say, the couple was collecting more than $100,000 in welfare.



David Silverstein

Now, the U.S. attorney’s office is suing David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova, accusing them of filing false claims and demanding that the couple pay back more than $135,000 in federal housing assistance since 2003. Prosecutors are also seeking tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

In gaining Section 8 housing assistance, Shimonova represented that she lived alone with her two children and that her household assets were less than $5,000. Silverstein received the monthly benefits of $1,272 as Shimonova’s purported landlord, the government said.

Shimonova also received benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, as well as Social Security cash reserved for people who can’t 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 complaint 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,” assistant U.S. attorneys Harold Malkin and Kayla Stahman wrote.

Meanwhile, they were traveling the world, according to Department of Homeland Security records.

Michael Radyshewsky, a federal welfare fraud investigator, wrote in an application to search the couple’s home that they took weeklong trips to Moscow in 2003, Dominican Republic in 2005, and Mexico and France in 2009. In 2007, they went for 12 days to Israel, and this past June they took a two-week trip to Turkey.

Silverstein said Tuesday his lawyer asked him not to comment, and his lawyer, David Allen, did not immediately return a message. The home did not appear to have a listed phone number, and Shimonova’s lawyer, Michele Shaw, did not return an email seeking comment.

The investigation included surveillance of the three-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot home on Lake Washington, during which agents observed his black Jaguar parked there frequently.

Though Shimonova had claimed she was single and lived there alone, Silverstein listed it as his residence on his driver’s license and passport application, the prosecutors said.

But in documents filed so that he could receive the housing assistance, he listed his office as his residence to conceal that he was living with Shimonova — not her landlord, they said.

Furthermore, it appeared clear that the pair was actually married. Silverstein wrote on the website of his chiropractic business: “On a personal note, I am happily married with two children, whose careers are in medicine and Middle Eastern studies. As a family, we all enjoy snow-shoeing, mountain climbing and ocean sports.”

A report of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle for the 2010 fiscal year listed “Mila and Dr. David Silverstein” as donors.
In addition to failing to disclose the marriage or living situation, Shimonova also failed to disclose bank accounts in her name containing tens of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said.

The lawsuit seeks to have the couple pay $11,000 in fines for each false claim the couple made. The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment on whether criminal charges are forthcoming.

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whiskeyguy

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There's a massive problem here with weed growers collecting assistance. Some of them make over $100,000 a year, but since it's completely off the books they can claim they are unemployed.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Sounds like they were rich. Which means they probably still have a negative balance, as far as their transactions with the government go. No complaints from me, except for getting caught.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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Sounds like they were rich. Which means they probably still have a negative balance, as far as their transactions with the government go. No complaints from me, except for getting caught.
Because clearly this guy's only defrauding the welfare department and no one else in government! Keep white knighting the rich, I'm sure they are truly concerned about your welfare, Norm.
 
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I'm more jealous than angry. I've been technically unemployed for a while - no on-the-books income - and all I get in bennies from the government is a measly $400 a week... which run out after only 2 years... It sounded like this couple had a permanent thing going on...
 

Creasy Bear

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I'll bet the Russian mail order bride was behind the scam more than the quack was. Those cossacks are fucking wizards when it come to gaming the system.
 
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Because clearly this guy's only defrauding the welfare department and no one else in government! Keep white knighting the rich, I'm sure they are truly concerned about your welfare, Norm.
He's not white knighting the rich, he's saying the systems that were being scammed shouldn't have existed to be scammed in the first place. I agree with him.

Stop the class warfare straw man.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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He's not white knighting the rich, he's saying the systems that were being scammed shouldn't have existed to be scammed in the first place. I agree with him.

Stop the class warfare straw man.
No he's not, he's arguing that the rich are somehow more entitled to steal from the taxpayers because they've apparently given more to the system.
 

Norm Stansfield

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And the American taxpayer...
Not unless he took more from the government than he gave. Which clearly isn't the case.
No he's not, he's arguing that the rich are somehow more entitled to steal from the taxpayers because they've apparently given more to the system.
I am not. I have no bias towards the rich. I hate all thieves equally. I just did a simple math problem, according to which this guy didn't steal anything. He took back some of the money that was stolen from him in the past.

The only people who steal are the ones who aren't taxpayers themselves. And they don't steal from the government, they steal from taxpayers using the government.
 
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