Another report of gross welfare fraud emerges out of Florida this week. A Minnesota couple who had recently relocated to the sunshine state was arrested after collecting a cool $167,000 in government benefits since 2005. The real kicker? The sleazy couple was living on a $1.2 million yacht the whole time! Their fancy boat was purchased after they filed for assistance and they apparently used it to sail the seas as they pleased, all while the American tax-payer was footing the bill. Andrea and Colin Chisholm were apprehended in the Bahamas and deported back to the U.S. to be held accountable for their crimes.
In addition to their flashy yacht, the couple, who were posing as Scottish aristocrats, drove around in a $30,000 Lexus. They were also the proud owners of a $1.6 million lake house and boasted bank accounts containing $3 million over the years. They were collecting Medicaid, food stamps and welfare the whole time.
The obvious question that arises is how these big ticket items slipped through the cracks in the first place. How did the system overlook this long list of luxuries tied to the Chisholms and allow them to defraud the government for so long?
Florida Republican Representative, Jimmie Smith, is working to crack down on offenders like this couple with a reform bill that will increase the consequences for playing the system. He told Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox & Friends that would-be manipulators of the welfare system will be far less likely to go through with their crimes when they are a first degree felony and warrant jail time.
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H/T: Tell Me Now