- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
‘Lady Chisholm’ pleads guilty to welfare fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman who once claimed to be Scottish nobility has pleaded guilty to welfare fraud.

Andrea Chisholm, 54, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting wrongfully obtaining public assistance. She admitted in court Tuesday she signed welfare applications that were inaccurate, but told the judge they were filled out by her husband, Colin Chisholm.

Her plea agreement calls for one year and one day in prison, with credit for 142 days already served.

The couple allegedly collected more than $167,000 in in fraudulent medical and food-stamp claims in Florida and Minnesota while living in a lakefront mansion in the Minneapolis suburb of Deephaven. They also owned a yacht in Florida.

It’s not clear if Andrea Chisholm will testify against her husband, who has a pretrial hearing set for Sept. 10.

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Fire that damaged historic house ruled arson

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The fire that damaged a historic house on one of Duluth’s busiest streets has been ruled arson.

Damage to the red sandstone Traphagen House is estimated at over $150,000. It was built in the 1890s and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

No one was inside the three-story building when the fire broke out about 1 a.m. Monday. Firefighters got it under control quickly.

The mansion currently houses HTK Marketing and Communications.

The designer of the house, Oliver Traphagen, also had a hand in other distinctive buildings in Duluth, including the former City Hall and Fitger’s Brewery.

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