A Minnesota man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living with his wife on a yacht valued at $1.2 million, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison.


Colin Chisholm, 63, pleaded guilty in November to two felonies, theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance. The sentence handed down by a Hennepin County judge matched the prison time prosecutors sought.


Chisholm did not speak at the sentencing, prosecutors said.


Chisholm and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, 54, could have expected a sentence of probation under state sentencing guidelines. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sought prison terms because of the severity of the economic crimes.


The Chisholms obtained nearly $168,000 in food, cash and medical care while living on the yacht in Florida and later in a lakeside home in an upscale suburb of Minneapolis, prosecutors said.


The Chisholms plan to challenge the judge’s order to pay more than $167,000 in restitution, prosecutors said. (Reuters)



felony:名詞,重罪。例句:The crime is considered a felony under state law.(在州法律規定下,這項罪行被認定為重罪。)

swindle:動詞,詐取,騙取。例句:He swindled elderly women out of their savings.(他詐騙年長女性領出她們的存款。)

probation:名詞,緩刑。例句:She was arrested while on probation.(她在緩刑期間遭到逮捕。)


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