George Zimmerman’s wife arrested

Shellie Zimmerman’s been charged with perjury for allegedly lying to hide the money she and her husband were collecing from their website.

Trymaine Lee, in the Huffington Post, writes:

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 At a June 1 hearing, his bond was revoked after prosecutors presented recorded conversations in which Zimmerman and his wife seem to collude to keep the funds hidden.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.”

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