Man Accused of Collecting Welfare While Yachting Makes Court Appearance

Updated: 12/18/2015 1:22 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 8:12 AM
Jennie Olson

A man accused of scamming the state of Minnesota out of tens of thousands of dollars of welfare money made a court appearance Friday after it was postponed Monday. His next appearance is July 7.

Sixty-two-year-old Colin Chisholm III and 54-year-old Andrea Chisholm, of Deephaven, Minnesota, dubbed themselves "Lord and Lady Chisholm" and allegedly claimed to be Scottish royalty. Andrea Chisholm's court appearance is scheduled for July 11.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says the Chisholms collected $167,420 in Minnesota public assistance while living on an 83-foot yacht in Florida and falsely claiming they lived with Andrea’s mother at her home in South Minneapolis. Freeman says in addition to welfare fraud, Colin created false companies with bank accounts of more than $1 million.

Prosecutors also accuse the couple of collecting welfare money in Florida while living there and say they once lived at a Connecticut address that turned out to be a UPS store.

A Medica investigation tipped off county officials to the alleged fraud. The Chisholms were arrested in April near Fort Lauderdale and were charged with felony welfare fraud.

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