Jun 12, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of the Florida man charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, was arrested and charged Tuesday afternoon with one count of perjury, according to law enforcement officials.
The charges stem from what prosecutors have described as a series of lies and distortions made by the couple during an earlier bond hearing in April, when George Zimmerman and his family claimed they were broke. By late Tuesday afternoon, Shellie Zimmerman posted bond, set at $1,000.
Shortly after the initial bond hearing, it was revealed that George Zimmerman had raised upwards of $200,000 via a website set up to collect funds for his defense. At a June 1 hearing, his bond was revoked after prosecutors presented recorded conversations in which Zimmerman and his wife seem to collude to keep the funds hidden. Zimmerman instructed his wife to "pay off all the bills," which included those for American Express and Sam’s Club credit cards.
"This court was led to believe they didn't have a single penny," prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda said at the hearing. "It was misleading, and I don't know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie."
Prosecutors also said that Zimmerman had not turned in a second passport as part of the conditions of his bond, and that he and his wife discussed the passport while he was in custody at the Seminole County jail on April 17. The conversation was recorded by jail officials, according to court filings.
I think it's hilarious that they used the defense fund to pay off their Sam's Club credit card. America has plenty suckers to keep the crooks afloat.