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Couple Charged with Ripping Off Minnesota for Welfare Benefits from Yacht in Florida
Breitbart ^ | 23 Mar 2014 | William Bigelow

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: wlefare
I wonder how they vote?
1 posted on 03/24/2014 5:47:41 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I’d look somewhere near water.


2 posted on 03/24/2014 5:49:54 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


3 posted on 03/24/2014 5:51:07 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: LucianOfSamasota

This is just the TIP of that IceBerg


4 posted on 03/24/2014 5:52:13 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 5:53:11 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I wonder in how many other states they have pulled the same scam?


6 posted on 03/24/2014 5:53:31 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

More information and pictures of the lovely couple:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/wealthy-minnesota-couple-scams-165-000-welfare-system-cops-article-1.1730026


7 posted on 03/24/2014 5:55:56 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Lurker

Mark 48 loos


8 posted on 03/24/2014 5:56:09 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I thought this was what public assistance was designed for?! The voted 2x’s for the 0. Guaranteed.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 6:00:01 AM PDT by albie
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Get a rope!


10 posted on 03/24/2014 6:01:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LucianOfSamasota

A few comments on the following thread from a couple days ago if anyone is interested.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3135951/posts
Yacht sailing couple wanted for welfare fraud


11 posted on 03/24/2014 6:01:48 AM PDT by deport
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To: LucianOfSamasota

They have a 1.2 mil dollar yacht, deposited 2.6 mil in the bank, and then steal 165K in welfare. Idiots.


12 posted on 03/24/2014 6:05:59 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

For a while, they were thinking “victory at sea.”


13 posted on 03/24/2014 6:10:23 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: txrefugee

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!


14 posted on 03/24/2014 6:11:10 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Lurker

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.


15 posted on 03/24/2014 6:14:03 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

So how do they afford a million dollar yacht?

Are they doing welfare fraud in 49 other states as well?

Selling drugs?

How does the money NOT show up on their tax records? (Which I PRESUME the welfare authorities check for confirmation?)


16 posted on 03/24/2014 6:22:45 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: wildbill

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.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 6:30:24 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Good point. Who was their caseworker?


18 posted on 03/24/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: wildbill

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.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 6:37:04 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Pretty nice dinghy.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 6:38:22 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Lurker
I’d look somewhere near water.

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?

Hmmm....

21 posted on 03/24/2014 6:43:29 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


22 posted on 03/24/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

The whole system is a scam that needs to be shut down, just like most other government transfer payment systems.

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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.


23 posted on 03/24/2014 6:53:48 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

And most veterans have to fight like hell to get service connected disability(ies) rated properly.


24 posted on 03/24/2014 6:56:16 AM PDT by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has own Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

New way to buy a yacht, EBT card.


25 posted on 03/24/2014 6:56:51 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Andrea Chisholm, 54, and Colin Chisholm III, 62, left Minnesota to soak up the Florida sun and the state government's services for the poor.

Another story with more information

and yet another story here

26 posted on 03/24/2014 7:42:10 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: woodbutcher1963

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..

http://trumpyyacht.proboards.com/thread/11?page=1

http://trumpyyachts.org/


27 posted on 03/24/2014 7:42:25 AM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

That boat looks like a money pit. Too much wood to maintain.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 9:05:12 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

Yep. The old wooden boats are gorgeous but too much money to maintain.


29 posted on 03/24/2014 9:07:20 AM PDT by sheana
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