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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.

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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.

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