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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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mvnup April 01 2014 at 2:37 PM

20 years in the slammer. They would be better of killing someone for money they usually get 5 to 10 years.

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BILL SCOTT April 01 2014 at 9:55 AM

How about the single moms that are having babies to collect $1300 per child per month and the government approves of that. One lady (if they can be called a lady) bragged about having 9 children and collecting over $144,000 per year and she didn't know who most of the fathers were.

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jeanne4715 April 01 2014 at 3:21 PM

disgusting

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Jon Biddle April 01 2014 at 3:21 PM

Juat a drop in the bucket ...

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cvanac8550 April 01 2014 at 3:27 PM

You all miss the point these stories are the meat and potatoes of the media to get you all pissed off.
While the real criminals on Wall St. Congess and the Senate steal your money everyday...Wake up 165,00 compared to the Trillions of debt due to the financial meltdown......theres no hope...abortion, gun control , welfare cheats, terrorists ...all intended to distract you from the real issues....

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Eunice cvanac8550 April 01 2014 at 3:40 PM

amen, the us does'nt understand its all fiat money anyway, and all this tax talk and budgets and all is a farce, the corporate criminals and bankers arent in prison , neither are the crooked polliticians who scam and pilfer the coiffers everday please people go and do your research half of you have been brainwashed in this slavery of a corporation of the United States.

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anandaone Eunice August 07 2014 at 7:14 AM

Still doesn't make it right.

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kevinjbarrett1 April 01 2014 at 3:30 PM

The pink cadillac gave them away.

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lislynch974 April 01 2014 at 9:49 AM

Unbelievable, They are the ones who ruin it for those who actually need it. Those people Suck!

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ECONOMY AUTO April 01 2014 at 9:49 AM

I hope they find them and feel sorry for their son.

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cbza3600 April 01 2014 at 9:49 AM

these people are stupid, true. however, there are too many racist uniformed comments here to respond to them all, so here it is. the majority of people on welfare are children and the elderly. also, our government spends twice as much on corporate subsidy programs, i.e. welfare, than it does on traditional welfare and food stamps. put that in your uniformed pipe and smoke it.

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efvann cbza3600 April 01 2014 at 10:08 AM

Problem is not on who gets welfare, but who makes a living off of it. And has multiple children by multiple fathers and thus builds a bigger amount by intent. Yes, the kids can be the recipients, but it is their parent who is the problem. Stop giving additional benefits for more than two kids and you'll hear a lot of screaming and racist comments, but it will significantly reduce the amount wasted.
Then there are the illegals who scam the system to the tune of hundreds of millions as well... but then, that'd be a racist comment as well, wouldn't it?

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anandaone cbza3600 August 07 2014 at 7:16 AM

Corporations hire and employ hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, affording millions of children roofs over their heads and food in their stomachs. I don't mind them getting subsidies.

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elaine April 01 2014 at 3:45 PM

I HOPE THE GOC'T FINDS THEM. WHAT AN ABSOLUTE NERVE THEY HAD. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE IN THE USA WHO REALLY NEED THE ASSISTANCE AND GET TIRNED DOWN, FROM ALL THAT I HAVE RECENTLY READ. HOW IN THE WORLD DID THESE TWO INGRATEFUL BASTARDS PULL THIS OFF??????

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JohnnYuma elaine April 01 2014 at 4:03 PM

They were able to "pull" it off because they knew how to spell...

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daradams JohnnYuma April 01 2014 at 4:05 PM

Love it.. Thank you.

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