Fake Scottish lord pleads guilty to welfare fraud

A 62-year-old 'Scottish aristocrat' is facing 21 month in jail after confessing that he had falsely claimed thousands of dollars in welfare benefits, according to the Daily Mail.

Colin Chisholm is shown in this undated booking photo.
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Colin Chisholm is shown in this undated booking photo.

'Lord' Colin Chisholm III, who claimed to be of Scottish nobility, pleaded guilty to one count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance and one count of theft by swindle over $35,000, the Hennepin County attorney's office told the Daily Mail.

According to a statement made by Chisholm in court on Monday, he was said to have filled out forms which allowed him and his wife, Andrea, to siphon off benefits they were not entitled to. The two also allegedly received $167,000 in Medicaid and food stamps. At the time of the statement, Chisholm was living in a mansion in Lake Minnetonka, owned a $1.2 million yacht, a beach property in Florida, a Lexus and $3 million in undeclared funds, according to the publication.

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"What they did was abominable, stealing from the government and the taxpayers while living a luxurious lifestyle. That's why we pushed for a tougher sentence than the probation he normally would have received," Hennepin county Attorney Mike Freeman told the Daily Mail.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.