David Silverstein, a wealthy chiropractor from Seattle, and his wife lived in a $ 1.2 million home on the beach while claiming nearly $ 2,000 a month in welfare and even food stamps, according to documents.
A civil lawsuit has been filed against David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova, who are accused of making false allegations, including more than $ 1,200 in public housing vouchers, plus state and state disability checks and even food stamps.
Prosecutors have been demanding more than $ 135,000 in federal housing assistance since 2003 and are seeking tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
The couple is believed to have spent some of the money they have claimed over the past eight years to fly to Moscow, Paris, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
All along, according to federal authorities, David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova have raised more than $ 100,000 in social assistance.
Lyudmila Shimonova also received benefits under the federal program for temporary assistance for needy families, as well as social security funds reserved for people who cannot work due to age or disability and whose assets fall below a certain threshold – $ 3,000 per married couple. or $ 2,000 for a single person, the complaint said.
“The defendants are separate and appear to have made false representations to various state and federal agencies in order to obtain federally funded compensation.” US Assistant Attorneys Harold Malkin and Kayla Stachman write.
Meanwhile, David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova traveled the world, according to the Ministry of National Security.
Michael Radishevsky, a federal welfare fraud investigator, wrote in a search warrant at the couple’s home that they had taken a week-long trip to Moscow in 2003, the Dominican Republic in 2005 and Mexico and France in 2009.
In 2007, David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova left for Israel for 12 days, and last June they made a two-week trip to Turkey.
The investigation includes surveillance of the three-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot home on Lake Washington, during which agents watched his black Jaguar parked there frequently.
Although Lyudmila Shimonova claimed to be lonely and living there alone, David Silverstein indicated it as his home in his application for a driver’s license and passport, the prosecutor said.
But in documents submitted so he could receive housing assistance, David Silverstein cites his office as his residence to hide that he lives with Lyudmila Shimonova and not with her landlord.
In addition to failing to disclose the marriage or life situation, Lyudmila Shimonova also failed to disclose bank accounts in her name containing tens of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said.
The lawsuit seeks the couple to pay $ 11,000 in fines for each false claim the couple made. The US prosecutor’s office declined to comment on whether criminal charges are pending.
According to Yahoo, the couple’s home includes gardens and a boat port, and that they indicated the exact address of the property by $ 1.2 million when they applied for benefits.
A federal official told the station that the couple may have taken advantage of a loophole that allows low-income people to receive financial aid to help them pay their rent and move away from housing projects.
David Silverstein receives monthly compensation of $ 1,272 as Lyudmila Shimonova’s alleged landlord, despite the fact that he drives a Jaguar and has a successful chiropractor.
The government says that when receiving housing assistance in Section 8, Lyudmila Shimonova presented that she lived alone with her two children and that her household’s assets were less than $ 5,000.
On his website, David Silverstein states: “I am happily married with two children whose careers are in medicine and Middle Eastern research.
“As a family, we all enjoy snowshoeing, mountain climbing and ocean sports.”