The Buckeye’s Firearm’s Foundation raised more than $12,000 for George Zimmerman to buy another gun and for his security otherwise. With the Department of Justice investigating, all evidence in the state’s case has been turned over to the DOJ, including the gun that Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin.
Some media are reporting that any money coming to Zimmerman would go to his attorneys, Mark O’Mara and Don West, for their legal fees.
Shortly after Buckeye’s Firearm’s made the announcement that they issued the check to Zimmerman, it was reported that Zimmerman was stopped for speeding in the State of Texas.
This isn’t the first time that Zimmerman skipped town owing a lawyer.
Through Mark Osterman, the public learned that Zimmerman moved in with him and his family on February 27, 2012, the day after Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. We also know via Osterman that Zimmerman resided with him for about 6 weeks, then left the State of Florida.
From George and Shellie’s bank records, we learned that on April 6, 2012, the Zimmerman’s received $3,500.00. Later, they would pay the same amount to his parents and therefore, it is presumed to have been a loan. On the same day, there are two ATM withdrawals made in Cambridge, MD. On April 9, 2012, a purchase was made at the KFC in Cambridge, MD. It is reasonable to believe therefore, that on April 6, 2012 as soon as he got money from his parents, Zimmerman left Lake Mary, FL and drove to the State of Maryland.
Something else happened on April 6, 2012. On that day, attorney K.E. Pantas filed a document in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, in case number 6:06-CV-630-ORL-22JGG. The case is captioned George Zimmerman, Plaintiff, vs. Aames Funding Corp., d/b/a Aames Home Loan, Defendant. Since about May 2009 when Aames filed for bankruptcy, attorney Pantas had filed quarterly status reports in Zimmerman’s case against Aames.
The April 6, 2012 Status Report filed by attorney Pantas sets forth that the bankruptcy trustee for Aames informed him that payment was made directly to George Zimmerman in the amount of $18,219.71, and that Zimmerman cashed the check. Zimmerman paid no fees or costs and retained the entire amount, although he agreed to pay his attorney from the proceeds.
Not only did attorney Pantas learn that the Aames bankruptcy trustee issued the check directly to Zimmerman, but that he did so “sometime in 2011.” A copy of the cancelled check provides that the check is dated July 7, 2011. Had the bankruptcy trustee for Aames not informed attorney Pantas, Zimmerman certainly was not going to do so, and when attorney Pantas filed the document in the federal court, Zimmerman left Florida like a bat out of hell.
Let’s go back. Police reports filed in discovery in the murder case contain a report dated August 21, 2009. It was a call by Zimmerman from Kohl’s, complaining that his Landlord was trying to take his money for rent. Zimmerman told police that the home was in foreclosure. This is the same townhouse where Zimmerman resided when he killed Trayvon, 2 years and 6 months after he called police on his Landlord. I was not able to find any court filing for a foreclosure on that property.
Let’s now fast forward to December 10, 2011 keeping in mind that about 5 months earlier, Zimmerman came into $18, 219.71. Also in discovery documents is a police report where Zimmerman called in a “disturbance.” He had a (non) graduation party and a White Male named Jeff served food at the event and expected to get paid. Zimmerman called the cops saying that he didn’t want the man to serve at the event.
His supporters argue that if Zimmerman had intended harm to Trayvon Martin, he would not have called the non-emergency number for the police reporting him as a suspicious person. Well, Zimmerman called the police twice when he owed people money and he didn’t want to pay. It’s his way of using the color of law enforcement to hide behind when he commits small-time, White Collar crime that can only be resolved in the civil courts. It appears that there may be yet a civil case against Zimmerman for stealing Trayvon Martin’s life.
Shall we talk about how Zimmerman requested money for a legal defense and living expenses, yet spent more than $30,000 paying off his debts incurred before February 26, 2012, the day that he killed Trayvon Martin? His wife, Shellie Zimmerman is currently awaiting trial for perjury for misrepresenting her knowledge of that money to the court, although she was the person who transferred the money and paid their debts. That in fact, the Honorable Judge Lester presiding over the criminal case at that time revoked Zimmerman’s bond and ordered him back to jail. In the subsequent bail hearing, Judge Lester stated in his Order Setting Bail,
“Contrary to the image presented by the Defendant not by evidence but only by argument of counsel, it appears to this Court that the Defendant is manipulating the system to his own benefit. The evidence is clear that the Defendant and his wife acted in concert, but primarily at the Defendant’s direction, to conceal their cash holdings. … The Defendant also neglected to disclose that he had a valid second passport in his safe deposit box. … It is entirely reasonable for this Court to find that, but for the requirement that he be placed on electronic monitoring, the Defendant and his wife would have fled the United States with at least $130,000 of other people’s money. “
In December 2012, Associated Investigative Services (AIS) sued George and Shellie Zimmerman and Mark O’Mara for $27,000 for unpaid services rendered and breach of contract.
George M. Zimmerman is a thief, but he’s the type of thief that places his victims in a position of inconvenience to take him to civil court to seek redress.
Just to think — Juror B37 said that Zimmerman was concerned about crime in his community. Wonder what she calls a man who steals money from his lawyer; calls the cops on his Landlord because he didn’t pay his rent; calls the cops on a server who did the work but Zimmerman refused to pay; and lied to the court about his cash holdings so he would get a lower bond? Some people might call him a deadbeat. Others might call him a shyster. A cheating, lying, thief is a more appropriate term.