You know that awkward moment when you’re sitting in a jail cell for lying under oath to a judge? I suppose Jay-Z’s classic where he says, “It was allgood just a week ago,” has to be playing on repeat in the head of George Zimmerman. Just a week ago, he was settling himself into a jail cell for the second time in the past few months. A minor setback, which saw a spike in donations for his online legal defense fund.
But now this afternoon, the Zimmerman family is hit with an left hook just as damaging as one delivered by a disgruntled Manny Pacquiao, with the arrest of Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of the infamous George Zimmerman for perjury – no word on whether they’ll be sharing a cell.
This from the Orlando Sentinel:
On Tuesday, his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was booked into the same facility on a perjury charge.
According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were alerted by prosecutors Tuesday that a warrant had been issued for Shellie Zimmerman, 25. She was arrested about 3:30 p.m. “at the location she was residing in Seminole County,” deputies said in a statement.
She was booked on a perjury charge, with bond set at $1,000. She is currently “in the process of posting bond,” deputies said.
The arrest comes after prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s case told Judge Kenneth Lester that Shellie Zimmerman lied about her husband’s finances, in order to conceal about $135,000 from the court.
[...] prosecutors say Shellie Zimmerman spent the days before that April hearing shifting tens of thousands of dollars out of her husband’s account, then deliberately lied to the judge.
On Tuesday, she was arrested on a perjury charge and booked into John E. Polk Correctional Facility. It’s the same jail her husband has called home since the deception was revealed earlier this month, leading the judge to revoke his bond.
[...] In an affidavit, prosecutors revealed new details about Shellie Zimmerman’s alleged efforts to hide money from the court.
Four days before she testified to having no knowledge of the funds, the affidavit says, Shellie Zimmerman began a series of transfers into her account — totaling $74,000 from April 16 to April 19.
The affidavit says about $47,000 more was transferred from George Zimmerman’s account to his sister’s. Shellie Zimmerman withdrew about $18,000 more in cash, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors say the Zimmermans used a rudimentary “code” to discuss the money in recorded jailhouse phone calls — referring to $100,000, for example, as “$100.” At least two of the calls, the state alleges, were made while Shellie Zimmerman and her husband’s sister were at a local credit union making the transactions.
Zimmerman told his wife to “pay off all the bills” with the money, prosecutors said, including an American Express card and a Sam’s Club card. He also instructed her on how to pay his bail.
According to the affidavit, after her husband was released on bond days after the hearing, she transferred more than $85,000 back into his account. A branch manager at their credit union told prosecutors he knew the couple and saw Shellie Zimmerman talking to her husband on the phone April 16.
The manager said he had helped Shellie Zimmerman transfer control of George Zimmerman’s account, at one point speaking directly to George Zimmerman by phone.
Of course this is a breaking story, and by the time you get to the end of this post, Mrs. Zimmerman would have more than likely posted a bond. I know one thing for sure, don’t ever let it be said that George Zimmerman doesn’t have a “ride or die chick” for a wife – no word on conjugal arrangements.