Zimmerman's Wife Pleads Guilty to Perjury Charges

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You can get away with killing an unarmed black teenager in this country, but you sure aren't going to get away with lying to the courts about money.

George Zimmerman's wife Shellie pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor charge of perjury after she lied about the couple's financial situation during George's bond hearing. She had originally been facing a felony charge.

Prosecutors claimed that Shellie failed to disclose the $135,000 the couple had amassed online from supporters meant for George's defense. She was arrested on the charges back in June of 2012.

She now is on probation for a year and must complete 100 hour of community service.

Clearly a great day for those who agreed with The Onion article, "Nation Thankful That Shellie Dean Zimmerman Was Charged With Perjury At Least."

Meanwhile, George Zimmerman is in the process of asking the state to pay up to $300,000 to cover his court costs.

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zimmerman and his wife lied about his finances and the existence of a second passport there is no reason to believe anything else he say.

 Shellie Zimmerman was in transferring money between bank accounts. In one phone call, she could be heard at what sounds like a bank. She even put her husband on the line with an employee there to make sure they had the right permissions in place for her to access their accounts.

Often, the couple used low dollar figures in their conversations. Prosecutors have said said that, too, was something of an unsophisticated code. In reality, the Zimmermans were referring to amounts that were 1,000 times higher than the figures they were using.

The calls and bank records appear to back that up. For example, George Zimmerman can be heard in one of the recordings making sure that his wife is transferring “less than $10” between accounts. In turn, bank records show, many of the transfers between accounts hovered just below $10,000. Sometimes they were just $1 or $10 below that threshold.

The specific amounts of those transfers, it turns out, may be even more problematic for the Zimmermans, too. For decades, there have been laws in place designed to fight money laundering that require banks to notify federal authorities any time a customer makes a cash transaction of $10,000 or more.

But because people eventually got around the law by cleverly using multiple transactions of $9,999 or less, the federal government later made it illegal to try to avoid detection by doing that.”

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