In any large group, there’s bound to be a few bad apples.
Welfare recipients, for example, are oft-maligned, but most probably follow the rules.
A Minnesota couple who lived aboard a $1.2 million yacht in Florida is accused of collecting more than $167,000 in public assistance.
Colin Chisholm III, who claims to be Scottish royalty, and his wife, Andrea, are charged in Minnesota with a felony count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance.
Life was apparently good for the Chisholms, who also rented a $1.6 million home and had $3 million in various bank accounts.
Colin, 62, is reportedly the CEO of TCN Network, which claims to provide satellite TV and internet services to islands in the Caribbean.
Andrea, 54, owned a dog kennel which bred and sold championship dogs.
The couple filed for public assistance using the address of Andrea’s mother in Minnesota and said they only had $80 in the bank.
As soon as they went on the dole, they moved to Florida to live aboard the 83-foot boat they purchased in Fort Lauderdale. They collected welfare payments, food stamp benefits and medical assistance from Minnesota.
Then they filed for welfare in Florida and received it, despite it being illegal to get public assistance from more than one state.
The Chisolms later moved to a home in Florida, and then to a luxury home on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka, where $60,000 in medical claims were paid out for massages.
A neighbor described the couple as “the kindest people ever.”
A nationwide warrant is out for the Chisholms, whose whereabouts are currently unknown but are likely “someplace warm.” If you see them while yachting, please have your cabin boy call police.
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