George Zimmerman’s donation money isn’t going entirely to his defense fund. Zimmerman allegedly spent $36,000 on personal bills in 18 days, The Boston Herald reports.
Using funds from his first website, which generated over $200,000, Zimmerman was able to spend $6,500 on Internet and phone bills, pay a $800 gas bill, buy him and his wife new Verizon cell phones at $300 each, pay a year-long Verizon contract in full, install a telephone landline for $2,500 and buy a two-year AT&T Wi-Fi contracts for $1,300, according to court records obtained by the Boston Herald.
With supporter funds, Zimmerman reportedly spent nearly $7,000 to pay off existing credit card bills, $4,378 to make payments of two car loans, in addition to renting another vehicle for more than $1,500.
It doesn’t stop there.
Zimmerman repaid a $3,000 loan to his parent, $800 at the jail commissary, $600 on jailhouse calling cards, $1,300 on food, $400 on utilities and $1,900 on rent.
Zimmerman initially attempted to conceal available funds at his first bond hearing. He and his wife to Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester they were going broke.
Zimmerman’s financial woes appeared believable as his family stated they were putting up their house for him to make bail.
The former neighborhood watchman launched a new website therealgeorgezimmerman.com to appeal to supporters for more funds.
Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this case, we have now realized that it is much larger than we ever thought regarding its extent and cost,” he said. “We have been in hiding in temporary housing, and our security needs have been extremely high. The fund has been devastated by the need to pay $100,000 to a bondsman and almost $50,000 in security expenses.”
“The skyrocketing legal costs have gone unpaid,” Zimmerman wrote. “The defense fund is at its lowest point since its inception; in fact, with outstanding expenses yet unpaid, the fund is near depletion.
George Zimmerman remains free on $1 million bond as he awaits trial on second-degree murder charge for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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