Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, accepted more
than $165,000 in public assistance between 2005 and 2012 before
benefits were terminated, according to prosecutor Mike Freeman in
Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Charges against Colin Chisholm were filed in February but they were
kept sealed while police searched for the couple, Chuck Laszewski, a
spokesman for Freeman, said on Friday. "They know by now we are
looking for them."
The Chisholms are each charged with a felony count of wrongfully
obtaining public assistance in excess of $35,000, the highest
threshold under Minnesota law. Andrea Chisholm was charged on
They bought a $1.2 million yacht, The Andrea Aras, in 2005 shortly
after applying for welfare benefits in Minnesota, according to
complaints against them. They have been accused of living on the
yacht in the area of Palm Beach, Florida, for 28 months while lying
about living in Minnesota.
Colin Chisholm was the chief executive officer of a satellite
television and broadband services company, his wife bred and sold
championship dogs, and over a seven-year period the couple deposited
more than $2.6 million in bank accounts they did not report on
applications for welfare benefits, according to the complaint.
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They have lived in luxury homes in suburban Minneapolis, driven a
$30,000 Lexus and also collected welfare benefits in Florida, the
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; editing by Sharon Bernstein)
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