Phony Royals

Phony Royals

They called themselves "Lord" and "Lady" Chisholm and claimed they were from European royalty. They certainly lived like royals with a private yacht and magnificent estates.

So, why would these so-called royals live off food stamps and collect welfare?

Could it be that Lord and Lady Chisholm are really the king and queen of scams?

Ginny Chisholm was "Lord" Chisholm’s first wife.  Back then, he wasn't a Lord at all.  She knew him as a guy named Colin who was born in Maine.

In the beginning Ginny says things were great.  

“I loved him,” she said.

Then, little incidents started building into bigger concerns. There was the time Ginny says her husband "borrowed" $67,000 from her 401K account. She says she's still waiting for him to pay it back. Then, she says he took out a credit card for their daughter and ran up a $40,000 bill, which he never paid.  

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“I said, ‘Enough is enough, I want to get a divorce,’” She told Inside Edition.

Colin married his second wife Andrea. That's when they reportedly started calling themselves Lord and Lady Chisholm, of Scottish aristocracy. Colin would show off an impressive picture of a Scottish castle where his supposed royal family lived.  

Three weeks ago, the so called Lord and Lady were busted.  “He claimed he was a Scottish heir,” Hennepin Minnesota County Attorney Mike Freeman said.  “Lady Chisholm participated in these frauds and it’s outrageous.”

They are accused of financing their luxurious lifestyle with food stamps and welfare payments.  “These rich folks ripped off the system,” said Freeman.

Ginny says her marriage to "Lord" Chisholm left her penniless and she has a lot of regrets, but most of all, “I never got to slap his face and tell him he was a son of a bitch.”

“Lord and Lady” Chisholm are were charged with felony fraud charges for wrongfully obtaining public assistance and, if convicted, face up to 20 years in prison.