Minnesota Couple Lived in the Lap of Luxury Courtesy of Welfare

Authorities are looking for a Minnesota couple who they allege illegally received public assistance from several government programs over the course of seven years, from 2005 to 2012. Thanks to the likes of welfare benefits and food stamps from both Minnesota and Florida, Colin Chisholm III, 62, and Andrea Chisholm, 54, were able to live in a $1.2 million yacht in Palm Beach, Florida while collecting close to $200,000 in cash.

Investigations have revealed that the couple created false companies and lied on other government documents to steal the money, and may have stolen straight from Andrea Chisholm's grandparents as well in collecting their small fortune.

They are now wanted on one felony count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance of more than $35,000 by authorities from Hennepin County in Minnesota, although it seems likely that other charges will be brought up as the investigation continues.

The couple is believed to have lived on the yacht for as long as 28 months.

"I've never ridden on a yacht that nice, and I bet most of us haven't," said Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman. "But they were living on it while they were collecting public assistance. We are going to do every darn thing we can to make sure they do hard time."

Photos: Breitbard, NY Daily News

Thanks to the likes of welfare benefits and food stamps Colin and Andrea Chisholm were able to live in a $1.2 million yacht in Palm Beach, Florida while collecting close to $200,000 in cash.