21 months in prison for 'Lord Chisholm' in welfare fraud case


The man who, along with his wife, claimed to be of Scottish royalty, will serve nearly two years in prison after pleading guilty to collecting welfare payments, despite having millions of dollars in the bank.

Colin Chisholm III, 62, was charged with wrongfully obtaining public assistance, and entered a guilty plea in Hennepin County District Court in November. As part of the plea agreement, Chisholm agreed to a 21-month prison sentence.

He was also ordered to pay roughly $167,000 in restitution, KARE 11 says.

KSTP reports Chisholm will serve 14 months in prison, with the possibility of seven months of supervised release. He'll also get 281 days' credit for time served, the news station says.

His wife Andrea Chisholm, 54, pleaded guilty to a single felony count of aiding and abetting wrongfully obtaining public assistance in August and was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. She has completed her jail sentence, Star Tribune says.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County, the Chisholms were charged with collecting more than $167,000 in welfare benefits from 2005-2012, despite having $3.2 million in the bank and living in a luxurious lakefront home in Deephaven.

The charges say the couple also purchased an 83-foot yacht for $1.2 million, owned a $30,000 Lexus, and owned a seaside home in Florida – from which they also collected welfare.

In an April court hearing, prosecutors said the Chisholms claimed they were descendants of Scottish royalty and called themselves “Lord” and “Lady,” and lied on public assistance request forms by claiming they were broke.

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