The man who avoided federal investigators while living on a private yacht, and who claimed to be Scottish royalty, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was ordered to pay full restitution. Colin Chisholm pleaded guilty to collecting more than $167,000 through welfare fraud.
A woman who once claimed to be Scottish royalty has now pled guilty to welfare fraud. Andrea Chisholm and her husband, Colin, are accused of collecting more than $165,000 in welfare payments while living in a lake-front mansion.
Their story made national headlines. A Minnesota couple accused of taking more than $150,000 in welfare benefits while living in a lake home and aboard a $1 million yacht.
The couple that called themselves “Lord and Lady Chisholm” are in more trouble, as prosecutors say they were also swindling investors in sham corporations.
The FBI is now investigating more claims against the self-declared “Scottish aristocrats” charged with welfare fraud – including the possibility they also defrauded members of a prominent Twin Cities church. The FBI has interviewed members of St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church who say that Colin and Andrea Chisholm borrowed thousands of dollars from them, and offered worthless stock certificates as collateral.
A Minnesota couple facing allegations of stealing public assistance spent their second day in a Hennepin County courtroom Friday. Colin and Andrea Chisholm remain in jail, facing felony fraud charges of misrepresenting their qualifications for taking food stamps, welfare payments and other assistance between 2005 and 2012.
A Deephaven, Minn. couple accused with welfare fraud while living on a $1.2 million yacht now faces accusations of trying to flee the country. Colin and Andrea Chisolm were arrested in Florida earlier this month as they reentered the country from the Bahamas. They are charged with collecting more than $160,000 in welfare payments. That’s while living in a lakefront home in Deephaven and owning the yacht.
A Deephaven couple was in a Florida jail Wednesday night awaiting extradition back to Minnesota. Colin and Andrea Chisholm are accused of bilking the state out of $167,000, starting back in 2005. Prosecutors say they lived in a $1 million home and, at one point, owned $1 million yacht while they were receiving cash assistance, food support and medical assistance.
A run from the law ended in the Bahamas for a Minnesota couple accused of receiving welfare while living in luxury.
The Minnesota couple who allegedly received more than $167,000 worth of public assistance from Minnesota while living in Florida on a $1.2 million yacht have been arrested. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said that Colin Chisholm III and Andrea Chisholm were deported from the Bahamas on Monday.
A nationwide warrant has been issued for a Minnesota couple who allegedly received over a hundred thousand dollars worth of public assistance while living out of state on a $1.2 million yacht. Colin Chisholm III and Andrea Chisholm are charged with a one county of wrongfully obtaining public assistance over $35,000.