Shellie Zimmerman, 25, George Zimmerman’s wife, was arrested on suspicion of perjury Tuesday after reportedly lying to a judge about the couple’s finances during her husband’s bond hearing, according to Yahoo.
She was arrested at her home by deputies and taken to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.
George Zimmerman’s wife was later released on $1,000 bail and will be arraigned July 31.
Shellie Zimmerman’s arrest comes just two weeks after a judge revoked her husband’s bond, citing similar financial questions, writes Los Angeles Times.
In the days before the hearing Shellie Zimmerman transferred $74,000 in eight smaller amounts ranging from $7,500 to $9,990, from her husband’s credit union account to hers.
The arrest affidavit also shows that $47,000 was transferred from George Zimmerman’s account to his sister’s before the bond hearing.
According to The Huff Post, four days after Zimmerman was released on bond, his wife transferred more than $85,500 from her account into her husband’s account.
“If Mrs. Zimmerman intentionally structured the financial transactions in a manner to keep the offense under $10,000, not only may she have committed perjury in the state case, but she also may have run afoul of several federal statutes and could face serious federal criminal charges,” said Jeffrey Neiman, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice.
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer, has been charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman has maintained since the Feb. 26 killing that he shot Martin in self-defense and was arrested 44 days later.
At the bond hearing Shellie Zimmerman testified to the court that the couple had limited funds for bail because she was a full-time student and her husband wasn’t working.
When she was asked whether she and her husband had enough money or assets to pay the bond, she responded: “Uhm, not – not that I’m aware of.”
However, prosecutors claim that Zimmermans actually had then already raised $135,000 in donations from a website created by George Zimmerman. They suggested more had been raised since then.
George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara later said the couple had been confused and fearful when they misled court officials about how much money they had.
“This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny,” prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said when George Zimmerman’s bond was revoked. “It was misleading, and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.”
“Does your client get to sit there like a potted plant and lead the court down the primrose path? That’s the issue,” Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said in revoking Zimmerman’s bond. “He can’t sit back and obtain the benefit of a lower bond based upon those material falsehoods.”
George and Shellie Zimmerman discussed the amount of money raised from the website, according to a partial transcript of telephone conversations presented to the judge by De la Rionda.
According to the transkript, Zimmerman spoke in code to tell his wife how to make fund transfers. The code referred to amounts of “$15” in place of “$150,000.”
Shellie Zimmerman is charged with the third-degree felony and can face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.