Democratic congressional candidate Juliet Germanotta in Wisconsin was arrested Monday after being identified as a suspect in a grand larceny case.
Germanotta, who is also a transgender ordained minister, was arrested Monday in Wisconsin after her announcement that she would be running against Democratic Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin’s Third District, according to the New York Post.
The fiasco began on Sept. 19 when Germanotta, who promised to keep Wisconsin “fiscally responsible by questioning expenses,” ordered a $4,800 ring from New York City jewelry store, Mikaelians. Germanotta then said she was not satisfied with the 18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring she ordered and requested her money back.
She ended up scamming the store out of thousands of dollars when she sold the original ring and returned a $10 replica.
After realizing the returned jewelry was counterfeit, the jewelry store filed a report with the New York Police Department on Oct. 2. When the buyer of the real ring had it appraised in Wisconsin, they were shocked to learn the ring was involved in this sham after the appraiser contacted the New York jewelry store.
She was arrested by the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday. After the Sheriff’s Department contacted the NYPD, they were informed Germanotta was wanted for grand larceny in the third degree, WQOW reports.