Skip to comments.Couple Charged with Ripping Off Minnesota for Welfare Benefits from Yacht in Florida
Posted on 03/24/2014 5:47:41 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
Colin Chisholm III and his wife Andrea, who received over $165,000 in public assistance from the state of Minnesota between 2005 and 2012 while living on a yacht in Florida, have been charged with fraud, and a manhunt is underway to find them.
The charges against Colin Chisholm were filed in February but not made public because police had been searching for the Chisholms. His wife was only charged last Tuesday. Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for prosecutor Mike Freeman, said Friday, "They know by now we are looking for them."
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I’d look somewhere near water.
I wonder how much they contributed to Al Franken’s campaign. It was no doubt expensive to keep counting ballots until he won, because it’s difficult for Minnesotans to count.
This is just the TIP of that IceBerg
The real shock here is how easy it is to rip off the Welfare system. Here we have people who cleary exceed the income level and don’t live in the state. Yet they are able to lie to get benefits and apparently no one follows up or checks for years. The whole system is a scam that needs to be shut down, just like most other government transfer payment systems.
I wonder in how many other states they have pulled the same scam?
More information and pictures of the lovely couple:
Mark 48 loos
I thought this was what public assistance was designed for?! The voted 2x’s for the 0. Guaranteed.
Get a rope!
A few comments on the following thread from a couple days ago if anyone is interested.
Yacht sailing couple wanted for welfare fraud
They have a 1.2 mil dollar yacht, deposited 2.6 mil in the bank, and then steal 165K in welfare. Idiots.
For a while, they were thinking “victory at sea.”
This is really not a great deal of money over the years they collected it. I am wondering if they were also ripping off other states. There may be a great deal more to this than is now known.
I hope they catch them!
An 83 foot yacht has blue water cruising ability. They probably are on the way to some country with no extradition treaty with the US.
So how do they afford a million dollar yacht?
Are they doing welfare fraud in 49 other states as well?
How does the money NOT show up on their tax records? (Which I PRESUME the welfare authorities check for confirmation?)
From another article:
“their last traceable financial maneuver was in September when they cashed out a $120,000 check in $100 bills.”
I would look down in South America.
Good point. Who was their caseworker?
It probably costs $1000-2500 just to fill the tanks on that ship. It is not a sailboat. It is a motor yacht.
Unless they have offshore accounts, which they probably do, $120K will not last them that long.
Pretty nice dinghy.
An 83-foot yacht? Isn't that almost exactly the length of the supposed "debris" that keeps turning up on the satellite images in the Indian Ocean?
When she sold puppies, she was most likely paid in cash.
He had sold a business. However, he must have had interest income if they had $2.6 million in the bank. They were not receiving a W2 from any company. Therefore, they probably did not have any traceable income.
You do not have to be a drug dealer to have ALL cash income.
Some people deal in collectables that when you sell them, they do not generate a 1099 form. There are many people who scam off the rich(the top 1%). They sell art work, many of which are fakes, that do not report the income. In the movie “American Hustle” this was one of the ways the main character made money.
I suspect they just learned how to scam the system.
The whole system is a scam that needs to be shut down, just like most other government transfer payment systems.
Exactly. I suspect there is not too much oversight in Social Security either. Countless sums of money are being automatically deposited in the accounts of now deceased people for the spending pleasure of their dishonest relatives.
And most veterans have to fight like hell to get service connected disability(ies) rated properly.
New way to buy a yacht, EBT card.
Apparently they just pulled a picture out of their bung for this article. That is not the Andrea Aras. Apparently she is an old wooden boat. Found some info on it..
That boat looks like a money pit. Too much wood to maintain.
Yep. The old wooden boats are gorgeous but too much money to maintain.