Welfare

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Man Guilty Of $167K Welfare Fraud Gets 21 Months In Prison

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.

01/05/2015

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‘Lady’ Chisholm Pleads Guilty To 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.

08/19/2014

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Minn. ‘Yacht Couple’ Accused In 2nd Fraud

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.

05/28/2014

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FBI Investigating Deephaven Welfare Fraud Duo

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.

04/23/2014

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Bail Doubled On Couple Facing Welfare Fraud Charges

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.

04/18/2014

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Yacht Couple Charged With Welfare Fraud Arrested In Fla.

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.

04/01/2014

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Senate Panel Would End Welfare Drug-Testing

Just because a Minnesota welfare recipient is a convicted drug felon doesn’t mean that person must be subject to random drug tests, members of a state Senate health and human services panel decided on Monday.

03/24/2014

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MN Couple Charged With Getting Welfare While Living On A Yacht

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.

03/21/2014

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Horse Owners Pinched As Hay Prices More Than Double

This winter could be particularly difficult for Minnesota horse owners after drought and disease have led to a shortage of hay. That makes it extra expensive for owners, and animal rescue groups are saddling up for a tough road ahead. It’s all due to alfalfa crops not faring well in the last year.

09/25/2013

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Burnsville Man Accused Of Collecting Welfare After Winning $20K

Investigators in Dakota County say a man hit it big at a casino and continued to take in welfare checks. Jin Park of Burnsville is accused of winning nearly $240,000 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, and then took in around $7,000 in government money. Park claims he has already spent the money, but Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom says not reporting the winnings is a crime, and they will try to prosecute.

08/05/2013

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Official Says Pop Targeted Unfairly In Food Stamp Case

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak is among 17 other big city mayors, including those of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, reviving a push prohibiting the use of food stamps to buy pop and other sugary drinks.

06/19/2013

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Minn. House Raises Care Worker Pay, Votes To Drug Test Themselves

Minnesota House members have voted to give themselves drug tests in order to be eligible for their pay and benefits.

04/22/2013

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Opinion: Romney’s 47% Don’t Pay Taxes Remark Is 100% Controversy

Romney thought he was talking amongst his teammates in the locker room last May 17 only to find out that there was somebody on the other team hiding behind the lockers. Had he known a member of the other team was lurking back there, he would have chosen his words more carefully and had presented more carefully-chosen data than the data of which he swiftly generalized.

09/19/2012

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Opinion: Romney’s Attacks On Obama’s Welfare ‘Reform’ Justified

According to Romney, Obama has taken away a number of work requirements from the federal welfare regulations. Republicans believe that Obama’s executive measure on welfare funding to states makes it easier for non-working people get a free government check.

08/08/2012

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Opinion: It’s About Questionable Needs Of Those Who Get Government Assistance

Stricter governmental guidelines are needed for a person to receive a government paycheck. These guidelines need to involve stricter limits on what people can do with their free government paycheck. If something isn’t needed for survival, it should not be purchased with the American taxpayer’s dollars.

07/02/2012

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Lawmaker’s Bill Would Require Photo ID On EBT Cards

Republicans are calling it one way to stop welfare fraud: It’s a bill requiring benefit cards for welfare recipients to include Photo ID.
The bill will also double the waiting period from 30 to 60 days before a new resident gets welfare.

02/14/2012

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Minn. Senate OKs Cuts To Health, Welfare Programs

A budget bill that would slice into projected spending on health care and social services programs has cleared the Minnesota Senate.

05/19/2011

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Wis. Woman Accused Of Welfare Fraud In Minn.

A woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining welfare benefits from Minnesota while living in Wisconsin.

04/12/2011

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Cuts To Health Care, Worker Pay Freeze Pass Senate

A cost-cutting bill that freezes government worker pay for two years, alters state employee health insurance and slices budgets for most agencies has cleared the Minnesota Senate.

03/30/2011

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Deep Cuts For Health, Welfare Programs Pass Senate

A Republican plan to overhaul Minnesota’s health care programs and cut into services for the poor and disabled has cleared the Senate.

03/30/2011

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Bill Limits Cash Welfare Recipients Can Withdraw

Republican legislators think they have a way to keep Minnesotans on welfare from spending their benefits on booze, smokes and lottery tickets: They’d keep them from taking more than $20 in benefits in cash per month.

03/23/2011

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Bill Limits Cash Welfare Recipients Can Withdraw

Republican legislators think they have a way to keep Minnesotans on welfare from spending their benefits on booze, smokes and lottery tickets: They’d keep them from taking more than $20 in benefits in cash.

03/22/2011

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Minn. Bill Seeks Health Software After Failed Try

A Minnesota lawmaker wants to restart the quest for software to streamline applications for health and welfare programs after a failed project that cost at least $41 million.

03/18/2011

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Minn. Bill Aims To Restrict Use Of Welfare Cards

Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions on the use of electronic benefit cards for welfare recipients.

01/20/2011