Wednesday, June 13, 2012

George Zimmerman's Wife Shellie Arrested, Charged With Perjury

George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, was arrested Tuesday and charged with perjury for allegedly lying at his bond hearing about their financial situation.

Shellie Zimmerman quickly posted $1,000 bond and was released.

At Zimmerman’s April 20 bond hearing, after which he was released on $150,000 bail, Shellie, 25, was asked whether the couple had any money.

“Uhmm, not, not that I’m aware of,” she responded. Well ...

Shellie Zimmerman Photo

Prosecutors say bank records show Shellie stashed cash in a safe deposit box and transferred nearly $75,000 from her husband’s bank account into hers.

When her husband was granted bond and released from jail after being charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin case, the money was returned to George Zimmerman’s account, according to an affidavit.

Shellie Zimmerman has thus been charged with perjury during an official proceeding, a third-degree felony with a maximum sentence of five years.

George Zimmerman was not charged with perjury because he was never asked about money while under oath; his bail has been revoked, however.

At the April bond hearing to determine if he could be released pending trial, defense attorney Mark O’Mara and prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda asked Shellie Zimmerman whether the couple had any funds.

Shellie Zimmerman said the defense attorney explained that he planned to apply for state aid reserved for the indigent who cannot pay court costs.

Asked by de la Rionda how much money had been raised by a website George Zimmerman set up while in hiding, Shellie said she did not know.

To pay the bond, she said, the family planned to “pull together members of the family to scrape up anything that we possibly can.”

Days after Zimmerman’s release on $150,000 bond, O’Mara revealed to the court that the website’s PayPal account had amassed $204,000.

O’Mara claimed that his client hadn't mentioned it because Zimmerman did not know how much money was available to him at the time.

The defense lawyer has since acknowledged that his client made a damaging mistake, but lied because of “fear, mistrust and confusion.”

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