Plea deal likely for monied Seattle welfare couple

May 9, 2012

Lawyers for a Seattle couple who drew welfare benefits while living in a million-dollar waterfront home say they will plead guilty next Wednesday in federal court.

The seattlepi.com reports the lawyer for chiropractor David Mark Silverstein says he'll pay back more money than prosecutors say they 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 are accused of embezzling more than $115,000 in benefits from 2003 to 2011 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.