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Con artist millionaire couple allegedly scams $165K in welfare

Con Artist Millionaire Couple Allegedly Scams $165K in Welfare
A couple on the run might call each other "Lord" and "Lady," but the welfare scam police say they pulled was anything but noble.

'A Minnesota couple on the run accused of collecting thousands of dollars in public assistance to fuel a lavish lifestyle that includes a mansion and a $1 million yacht. This morning, the self-proclaimed royals are on the run with their 7-year-old son.'

According to Daily Mail, police accuse 62-year-old Colin Chisholm and 54-year-old Andrea Chisholm of receiving more than $165,000 from Minnesota public assistance programs between January 2005 and March 2012 even though the couple had roughly $3 million in secret bank accounts.

WBBH reports the couple was living it up, spending thousands on luxury goods in just a few weeks, according to authorities.

'That included $23,000 worth of plane tickets, cell phone bills and fine dining in just one month.'

WCCO reports the couple listed Andrea's mother's home in Minneapolis as their residence when they first applied for welfare. Then, once approved, the couple moved to Florida where they lived on their $1.2 million yacht for more than two years before moving into a house.

But police say the couple didn't stop at Minnesota -- and that's when they made a mistake.

According to KARE, the couple was also receiving welfare payments from the state of Florida after they listed a Connecticut address, which actually turned out to be a UPS store.

The Chisholms are each charged with one felony count of wrongfully obtaining more than $35,000 in public assistance. Currently, the con artist duo is on the run, but a Minnesota county attorney predicts the Chisholms are soaking up the sun somewhere warm.

'This office is going to do every darn thing we can do to make sure these people do hard time.'

Daily Mail says the maximum sentence for the couple, if convicted, would be a $100,000 fine and 20 years in the slammer.

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Jennifer April 01 2014 at 10:51 AM

How about paying back all the money they stole with interest??? Why only 100k in fines ? they made money. This is proof there is a problem with our system.

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jeanne4715 April 01 2014 at 3:21 PM


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Linda April 01 2014 at 11:03 AM

I'd say look in the city of HARTFORD, CT OR SPRINGFIELD,MA …165,000 is a drop in the bucket! how about all the kids having more kids with no means of support just to get more on welfare. I'd say that
is a scam!

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denyjones Linda April 01 2014 at 12:27 PM

Not really why can't they have sex just you

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ajpoolio1 April 01 2014 at 11:03 AM

These people are SCUM

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roman_romin April 01 2014 at 7:43 PM

Strip them of everything they own except the clothes on their back then make them payback every penny they stole by going to work full time for McDonalds 3 million wasn't enough so they had to steal money that could of gone to people who are really in need of it!!

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dickbambam roman_romin April 01 2014 at 8:08 PM

I'll never understand this obsession for obscene wealth. Millionaires wanting to be billionaires. SICK

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pharris162 April 01 2014 at 7:42 PM

How the heck did they get assistance from one state while living in another? They listed an address in one state (Connecticut) and received benefits from the state of Florida using a UPS mailbox. Yet, hard working people who are barely getting by can't get any help if they make 50 cents over their income guidelines. This is so ridiculous that it almost funny. They check under every rock and ask all kinds of questions, almost including what color underwear you have on, and want proof that a person is not working, etc...., yet these people got away with it not in one state, but two. Wow.

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doughertyhan pharris162 April 01 2014 at 7:57 PM

Agreed. I am pissed off at them for ripping off the system but my tax dollars go to pay the case workers too who screwed up!

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mmbwildwmn April 01 2014 at 11:22 AM

Go get 'em! So many people need help! How can there be any sympathy for wealthy people pulling a scam like that?!!

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billhkeeney April 01 2014 at 11:22 AM

Confiscate any, and all properties, goods, and all articles of value, and freeze all Bank accounts. Arrest and prosecute, with only nominal monies from their Bank accounts to be paid for too the lawyers for their (defence ??). Upon release, they will NEVER be able to obtain ANY public assistance EVER ! ! !

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Richard April 01 2014 at 11:24 AM

Filthy piranha. Send them to the to the Amazon to be fed to their relatives.

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offdepp April 01 2014 at 11:28 AM

the welfare system is borke and needs to be redone.... from the bottom up.
not let it be a life style but and true help when in need.
not for drug user,,, test to be on drugs ... out and never back in
black white purple green orange all reference to color should be taking off the forms
human should be enough

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