Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of George Zimmerman (neighborhood watch man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin), was arrested on one count of perjury Tuesday (June 12th), which is a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Shellie Zimmerman allegedly used money transfers of relatively small amounts to hide the REAL status of the couple’s finances as they sought his release on bond.
According to CBS News:
Shellie Zimmerman, wife to George Zimmerman, was charged Tuesday with perjury, She was released on bond herself.
Records show that in the days before an April bond hearing for her husband, Shellie Zimmerman, 25, transferred $74,000 in eight smaller amounts ranging from $7,500 to $9,990, from her husband’s credit union account to hers, according to an arrest affidavit. It also shows that $47,000 was transferred from George Zimmerman’s account to his sister’s in the days before the bond hearing.
Shellie Zimmerman testified at the hearing that the couple, who married in 2007, had limited funds for bail because she was a full-time student and her husband wasn’t working. As a result, George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond.
Four days later, Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than $85,500 from her account into her husband’s account, the affidavit said. The affidavit also said jail call records show that George Zimmerman instructed her to “pay off all the bills,” including an American Express and Sam’s Club card.
Shellie has since been released on bond herself.