A Democrat congressional candidate who describes himself as an ordained minister and “proud transgender woman” was arrested on third-degree grand larceny charges.
From New York Post
A congressional candidate from Wisconsin was busted by the NYPD in her home state when she tried to hawk a ring she ripped off from a Manhattan jewelry store, police said Wednesday.
Juliet Germanotta — who in campaign literature vowed to keep the state “fiscally responsible by questioning expenses ” — had ordered a $4,800 18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring from Mikaelians Jewelry on West 47th Street in Midtown on September 19.
But Germanotta, 36, who describes herself as a “proud transgender woman,” claimed the ring she received was not to her liking, and requested her money back from the store.
Instead of sending the real ring back, she sent the store a $10 bogus replica — and sold the original, cops said.
Mikaelians filed a complaint with the NYPD on October 2nd recognizing the ring they received in return as a phony. And when Germanotta’s buyer in Wisconsin had the real ring appraised, it was learned that the ring was hot.
NYPD detectives picked up Germanotta in Wisconsin, where she confessed to the crime, authorities said.
She waived extradition in court on Tuesday.
Germanotta was brought by the officers on Wednesday to Manhattan’s Midtown North Precinct via a Delta flight. Charges against her were pending.
As Germanotta was led into the stationhouse wearing jeans and a hoodie she refused to answer a reporter’s questions and instead stared straight ahead.
Germanotta, an ordained minister, is running as a Democrat against Rep. Ron Kind.
She was born in Texas, but grew up in New York City, according to her Facebook page. She moved to Wisconsin in the early 2000s and lives in La Crosse.
Mikaelians Jewelry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.