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She lives in a million-dollar-plus waterfront mansion, collects welfare, disability, and food stamps, vacations in Cabo and Tel Aviv, what's the problem? Actually I want to know how the authorities got a search warrant since there is no indication she has broken any laws...



SEATTLE -- She lives in a beautiful waterfront home on Seattle’s Lake Washington. Yet, she's on welfare assistance.

This week federal agents moved in to put a stop to it. They raided her south Lake Washington home armed with a search warrant.

KING 5 News is not naming the woman or her husband because they have not been criminally charged.

Search warrant documents unsealed Friday in federal court reveal that she received more than $1,200 a month in public housing vouchers, plus monthly cash from the federal and state government for a disability, as well as food stamps.

Property records show the woman lives in a 2,500 square-foot home, with gardens and a boat dock, that is valued at $1.2 million.

Records show she has received welfare benefits while living in the plush home since 2003. Records also show she truthfully provided her address when she applied for benefits.

How could the government allow housing subsidy dollars to someone who openly lives in one of Seattle’s most desirable neighborhoods?

A federal official spoke to KING 5 News on condition of anonymity. He says the housing voucher program provides coupons that help low-income people pay their rent. He says it allows people to get out of housing projects and move into the place of their choosing. However, he says a “flaw” is that the program doesn’t analyze where people are living, even if it is at a ritzy address that should raise a red flag.

Court records show the couple gave money to charities and traveled around the world to exotic places like Turkey, Tel Aviv and resort towns in Mexico.

Feds: Seattle welfare recipient lives in million dollar home | KING5.com Seattle
 

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Note the keyword: disability. Fed money is likely SS disability. My guess is, she was probably working a state job, got injured, and was getting fed and state disability money.

It's quite possible that she was single when she got all of that assistance. Got married to a rich guy who owns a fancy house, and just kept on taking all that free money. Got to be over $3k/month, though she must have felt silly using food stamps in a ritzy neighborhood like that.

Nice house. We should drop in some time, we helped pay for it.
 

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Man $1,200.00 I wish my monthly payment was that low. Hell I don't think I have paid less then $1,200.00 since the early 80's.
 

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That's a big area to look over through Zillow, but just about any home of any size on the water in that area is in the $1 million neighborhood.
 

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around here, to the best of my knowledge peeps on rent assistance get about $300 worth that is vouchered/paid directly to the low income housing provider, not cash, so I guess all the poor folk from WI should move there.

that aside I think the underlying question is: should a person be eligible to collect food stamps or other services if someone (friend/relative/whoever) provides them with a rent free or reduced living situation?
 
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