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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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frankc354 April 01 2014 at 6:39 AM

don't know why anyone bothers to do wrong ? you always slip up and get caught and we get to comment on your stupidity !!

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gottabewv April 01 2014 at 6:06 AM

Hey, Politicians have been doing it for years! Millionaires drawing hundreds of thousands of government money to live a lavish lifestyle and do NOTHING for it! Put Senator or Congressman in front of their names and they are perfectly legal!

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vettura April 01 2014 at 6:16 AM

The one percenters !!!

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lbrycemaynor April 01 2014 at 6:11 AM

Some people are just born thieves.

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tortugatommie April 01 2014 at 6:25 AM

Hang'em high

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HdwMan April 01 2014 at 6:10 AM

So you can live like a king and a queen on the welfare dime. I think we have all been duped...the sad thing is that my step son can't work, but the SS office turned him down the first time, and still appealing the turn down.

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don April 01 2014 at 6:27 AM

Its slime balls like this who make it difficult or people who really need assistance. Once caught, I hope they max out their sentence. The sad part of this story is that they have a 7 year old son. I hope the authorities find a good decent home for the child.

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tvsporty April 01 2014 at 6:37 AM

need to do hard time send message this goes on everywhere

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Vickie April 01 2014 at 6:27 AM


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Lydia Vickie April 01 2014 at 6:39 AM

So true! They make me so upset and also about our SS system-where is the "scam" dept. - taking a long nap! Bad enough, for the people who truly deserve it or ones, like the headaches my poor mother went through when trying to straighten the SS's big mistake of mixing up my deceased father's name and her name, that aren't receiving their payments. It's such a shame they cannot crack down much faster on all these scam artists!

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Tinney Family April 01 2014 at 5:33 AM

Federal and state governments do not do enough, "by design" to check the backgrounds and identities of those they are willing to provide assistance to. This results in waste that, maybe not at the same level as this couple, but it is common more than the exception. We need better systems that can check on applicants and currently supported status for all those receiving benefits from the taxpayer's dole.

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