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 At a June 1 hearing, his bond was revoked after prosecutors presented recorded conversations in which Zimmerman and his wife seem to collude to keep the funds hidden.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.
Defendant: Do you know what? I think my passport is in that bag.
Shelly Zimmerman: I have one for you in safety deposit box...
Defendant: Ok, you hold on to that.
According to court documents filed Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors obtained official bank records showing that between April 16 and April 19, in the days leading up to Zimmerman’s initial bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman had transferred more than $74,000 from her husband’s account to her own.
There were a total of eight transfers, according to the documents -- four transfers in the amount of $9,990, two for $9,999, and two others for $7,500. Even after Zimmerman’s release, the large transfers of cash continued. On April 24, Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than $85,000 from her account to her husband's.
A photograph of George Zimmerman taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL.
The gun George Zimmerman used to shoot Trayvon Martin can be seen in this evidence photo.
George Zimmerman's gun and clip can be seen in this evidence photograph taken by Sanford police. Zimmerman shot and killed Martin after an altercation with the unarmed teen, who was returning to the house where his father was staying on February 26 after a trip to a nearby 7-Eleven.
George Zimmerman photographed by police the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, FL.
Cuts can be seen on the face of George Zimmerman in this photo taken by police on the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims that Martin attacked him and banged his head repeatedly on the ground, prompting Zimmerman to shoot the teenager in self-defense.
Cuts can be seen on the face of George Zimmerman in this photograph taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says he shot Martin during an altercation in which Martin slammed his head repeatedly into the ground.
George Zimmerman, photographed by police on the night he shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL.
Blood can be seen on the head of George Zimmerman in this police photo taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin, an unarmed teenager, in self-defense.
Blood can be seen on the head of George Zimmerman in this police photo taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Blood and bruises can be seen on the head of George Zimmerman in this police photo taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
In this Feb. 27, 2012 image taken from a Sanford Police video posted on a website called gzlegalcase.com by George Zimmerman'sdefense team, Zimmerman speaks to investigators, (not shown) at the scene of Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen. On the tape, Zimmerman did a reenactment of the scuffle with Martin in the moments before he shot the 17-year-old from Miami. (AP Photo/Sanford Police video via Zimmerman Defense Team)
This photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows Shellie Zimmerman. Zimmerman, the wife of the Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, was charged with perjury and accused of lying when she told a judge that the couple had limited funds during a hearing that resulted in her husband being released on $150,000 bond. She was released on $1,000 bond. (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff's Office)