Skip to content

Couple who lived on yacht collecting welfare arrested in Florida

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/2/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Collecting public assistance from both Florida and Michigan, couple now faces 20 years in prison

Colin Chisolm III along with his wife Andrea of South Florida couple accused of living a millionaire lifestyle while collecting food stamps as well as other forms of public assistance have been arrested at Port Everglades. They've been described as "rich folks ripping off the system."

The couple 'failed to report nearly $3 million deposited in bank accounts which they owned, controlled, or used to support their lifestyle,' the state of Minnesota's criminal complaint against Colin Chisolm reads.

The couple "failed to report nearly $3 million deposited in bank accounts which they owned, controlled, or used to support their lifestyle," the state of Minnesota's criminal complaint against Colin Chisolm reads.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/2/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Chisolms, fraud, food stamps


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Chisolms are accused of receiving public assistance while living on a $1.2 million yacht. They're accused of collecting Medicaid, food stamps and cash welfare assistance from the state of Florida, while also collecting benefits from the state of Minnesota.

The couple "failed to report nearly $3 million deposited in bank accounts which they owned, controlled, or used to support their lifestyle," the state of Minnesota's criminal complaint against Colin Chisolm reads.

It is better to light one tiny candle than to curse the darkness --

If these allegations are true, justice was a long time in coming. In 2004, the Chisolms initially applied for tax-payer funded health care coverage. When they didn't provide verification of income, Hennepin County Human Services denied the application. The state overruled the county and the Chisolms completed the application and signed it to receive the benefits, which was based on false claims, the state of Minnesota claims.

The Chisolms were on taxpayer health care coverage in 2005 while they negotiated to buy the million-dollar yacht. Law enforcement said the defendants made a down-payment of $220,000 in January 2005 and made monthly payments of $7,500 until a second lump sum of $157,000 was due in March 2005.

Minnesota officials said the Chisolms paid $264,375 on their yacht while receiving Minnesota's public health care.

The couple reportedly told state officials that they lived full-time in Minnesota, but starting in January 2005, the duo lived on their yacht at Turnberry Isle, where it was docked.

The boat was repossessed in 2005 for lack of payments, the Chisolms allegedly moved to Lighthouse Point and fought to get their possessions back.

 While still receiving Minnesota assistance, law enforcement said Colin Chisolm swore in federal court that both lived Connecticut before January 1, 2005.

Pressed for an address in Connecticut, Colin Chisolm told attorneys 15 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut. Investigators found out the address is a UPS Store in the city.

Andrea then gave birth to a son in 2007 in Palm Beach and both claimed to be indigent and successfully applied for welfare from the state of Florida. The Chisolm's benefits included cash, food support, and medical assistance, according to the criminal complaint.

Both Colin and Andrea Chisolm are being held in the Broward County Jail. Colin faces a charge of fraudulently/wrongfully obtain public assistance. If convicted, the Chisholms could face up to 20 years in prison.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More U.S.

Callista Gingrich is the next U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Watch

Image of Callista Gingrich is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy ... continue reading


Pope Francis prays for California and victims of the fires Watch

Image of We pray for the victims of these terrible fires. Hundreds remain missing.

With more than 30 deaths caused by the various wildfires devouring swaths of California, Pope Francis on Friday sent a message voicing his ... continue reading


No more kneeling? NFL Commissioner says 'players should stand' Watch

Image of Players have also been divided on the protests, with some joining, and other standing.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has asked league owners to have their players stand for the national anthem. The lamented in a letter to all ... continue reading


America's fatal obsession with guns Watch

Image of An Illinois man traveled across the country with homemade crosses for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"It's the worst mass shooting in modern American history." The above opening sentence is the exact lead sentence I used in a column last ... continue reading


JUST AS EVIL: Internet pornography is the 'neon coliseum' of the modern age Watch

Image of Pornography is just as destructive as watching people die for entertainment.

It's well-known that in ancient Rome hundreds of thousands of people would pile into the stacked layers of stone seating in the Colosseum ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.