Shellie, 25, is charged with one count of perjury. Seminole County Sheriff’s Office officials said she already posted her $1,000 bond after being booked into the jail around 3:30 p.m.
The State Attorney decided to charge Shellie with the crime after learning she and her husband lied during George’s April 20 bond hearing about their finances.
Both stated during the hearing they had no money and no access to money. Shellie even went as far to say her and George’s family were trying “to scrape up anything” they could to be able to post George’s bond.
It was learned shortly after the bond hearing that George had raised more than $200,000 through a Paypal account on his website, www.TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com. George’s attorney Mark O’Mara revealed the funds during a hearing only a few days after George was granted a $150,000 bond.
Also, according to a probable cause affidavit issued for Shellie’s arrest, the two had several conversations while George was in jail about the funds, and what to do with them.
In each call detailed in the affidavit, George instructed Shellie how much money to transfer, and what she should do to pay his bond. The State Attorney also stated George told Shellie to “pay off all the bills,” including an American Express card and Sam’s Club card.
Furthermore, the probably cause affidavit states Shellie Zimmerman transferred $74,000 from the account to her bank account following those conversations. More than $47,000 was also transferred to George’s sister’s bank account.
George’s bond was revoked during a June 1 hearing when Judge Kenneth Lester learned about the misrepresentations of finances from George and Shellie. The following Sunday, June 3, Zimmerman was booked back into the Seminole County jail. He had only been out a little more than six weeks after being charged with second-degree murder for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
George will have the opportunity for a second bond hearing on June 29 at 9:30 a.m. Judge Lester said he will have a chance to explain his actions at that time.