Seattle Woman Living in Million Dollar Home Suspected of Receiving Welfare


When you hear about someone living on welfare, you don’t expect to find out that she lives in a million dollar home – especially if the welfare she is receiving includes housing assistance. But that’s allegedly what happened here according to a recent blog from The Sideshow.

Federal agents recently raided the million-dollar, waterfront home of a Seattle woman and her husband. Their names were not disclosed because they have not been charged with a crime. (Come on already!) According to federal documents, the two have received assistance since 2003 including over $1,200 monthly in public housing vouchers as well as state and government disability checks. (Frauding for nearly eight years!)

The 2,500 square-foot home includes gardens and a boat dock. The couple accurately listed their address on applications for federal and state benefits. (So, you can list a multi-million dollar address on an application, collect all sorts of benefits for eight years, and there are no checks and balances? Just great!)

The article notes that federal officials say ”that the couple likely took advantage of a loophole, which allows low-income individuals to receive financial assistance to help them pay their rent and move away from housing projects. However, the law does not require officials to verify what type of home the benefits recipient is living in.”

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Seattle welfare recipient lives in million-dollar home,” by Eric Pfeiffer, published by Yahoo! News, December 5, 2011.

A Seattle woman who is suspected of receiving welfare assistance from Washington state also happens to live in a waterfront house on Lake Washington worth more than a million dollars.

Federal agents raided the home this weekend but have not released the woman or her husband’s name because they have not officially been charged with a crime.

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