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article imageWoman receiving welfare lives in million dollar home

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Dec 6, 2011 in Lifestyle
Seattle - A Washington State woman has been receiving $1,272 a month in public housing vouchers, plus disability pay and food stamps, all while living in a $1.2 million lakefront home.
The woman, who lives in the waterfront house on Lake Washington with her husband, has been receiving the benefits since 2003. Records show that she was honest about reporting the accurate address of her current home when she first applied for welfare.
The luxury home is 2,500 square feet, complete with gardens and a boat dock.
Yahoo! News reports that in addition to her lavish home, she and her husband gave money to various charities and traveled to exotic locales such as Mexico and Turkey.
Federal agents finally raided the home earlier this week armed with a search warrant, according to King 5 News.
The names of the woman and her husband have not been publicly released, because they have still not yet been officially charged with a crime. They are expected to be charged in the near future.
Agents suspect that the woman's husband, who is a chiropractor, posed as a landlord renting a room to a tenant when she applied for the benefits.
The housing voucher program is intended to help people move out of housing projects into better homes. However, no law exists stating that officials have to verify the type of home the person receiving the benefits lives in, even if the address is known to be in an upper-class area.
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