Lawyers: Guilty pleas for wealthy welfare couple

May 9, 2012, 8:08 PM

SEATTLE (AP) – Lawyers for a Seattle couple accused of drawing welfare benefits while living in a million-dollar waterfront home say the two will plead guilty next Wednesday in federal court.

The seattlepi.com reports (
http://is.gd/f8KINc) the lawyer for chiropractor David Mark Silverstein says he’ll pay back more money than prosecutors say the couple received in assistance. And the lawyer for Lyudmila Shimonava says she’ll be taking responsibility for her actions.

The two were charged Tuesday with felony theft of government funds. They’re accused of embezzling more than $115,000 in benefits from 2003 to 2011 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Lawyers: Guilty pleas for wealthy welfare couple