Who would want to steal Kelly
Osbourne's knickers? Well, according to Sharon Osbourne, the maid did
it -- and "CJ" has learned the family's former maid, Juana Zavala has,
in fact, been arrested by Beverly Hills Police for allegedly staging a
panty raid and stealing jewelry from the family.
According to published reports, Zavala allegedly made off with Kelly Osbourne's $800 Chewbacca "Star Wars" ring, $630 worth of sheets and towels, and a diamond ring belonging to Osbourne daughter Aimee worth more than $32,000. Not mention the stolen panties. Sheriff's department documents show Zavala has been cooling her heels in a Los Angeles County Jail since late September, unable to post the $400,000 bail.
The alleged theft occurred months ago, but the accused maid only appeared in court last week.
The maid's husband, Jamie Zavala, reportedly claims that Sharon confronted the woman and pulled her hair. Sharon denies that, but it wouldn't be the first time Sharon defended her stuff. About a year and a half ago, Sharon got banged up pretty bad during a confrontation in a trendy LA restaurant, in a dispute over another pricey piece of jewelry. Sharon said at the time, "It's not like, 'why me' or 'poor me.' But I'm pissed off."
In the latest incident, Sharon says she's confident the matter will be handled properly by the DA's office.
Victims of theft: Trial
participants become targets of maid service burglaries in Belleville.
By Tesa Culli
Mt. Vernon City Editor
MT. VERNON — A member of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office found out what it is like to be a victim when some of their belongings were stolen while working on the Cecil Sutherland trial in Belleville.
Sandy Edmison, who works with crime victims and prosecution witnesses for the State’s Attorney and detective Capt. John Kemp had to fill out theft reports with the Fairview Heights Police Department during the first week of May. Edmison said she discovered an expensive necklace and diamond earrings were missing from their hiding place in her room at the Drury Inns and Suites in Fairview Heights. After telling co-workers that the items were missing, Kemp discovered he was missing a large bottle of cologne, he said.
A maid at the hotel has been fired in relation to the incident, Edimson said.
"It’s my understanding that she was a fairly new maid at the hotel," Edmison said. "After she started working there, things started coming up missing."
Edmison and Kemp were only two of several hotel guests whose belongings were missing, she said.
"We’ve been treated well at the hotel," State’s Attorney Gary Duncan said. "Within any public accommodation there might be one employee who is not doing their job or doing it right. The other employees there have done a good job."
Duncan said the prosecution team is not focusing on the thefts, but on doing their jobs during the trial, which is being held in Belleville on a change of venue due to pretrial publicity.
Duncan, several employees from the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and two attorney’s from the Illinois Attorney General’s office who are working on the case are staying in Fairview Heights while the trial is going on.
Both Duncan and the Cecil Sutherland defense team have opened offices in Belleville for the duration of the trial.
|Maid for celebs indicted anew for identity theft, forgery|
Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, of Queens, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Manhattan's State Supreme Court on forgery and identity theft charges. She faces up to seven years in prison on each charge if convicted.
Handcuffed and weeping, Turyk-Wawrynowicz was led out of court after Justice Brenda Soloff told her she could post the $50,000 bail as cash or bond. Her next court date was set for Oct. 11.
The housekeeper, who worked for several of the city's rich and famous, was indicted in June on 27 counts related to alleged thefts from employers who included Robert DeNiro, Candice Bergen, Isabella Rossellini and Renee Rockefeller. She pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on $75,000 bail.
Assistant District Attorney Anne Schwartz said Turyk-Wawrynowicz was indicted anew after the prosecutor looked over the housekeeper's job applications in connection with the June indictment. Schwartz said the housekeeper was using two Social Security numbers and two resident alien work card numbers, and she wanted to know why.
Schwartz said she learned that one Social Security number used by Turyk-Wawrynowicz, a Polish native who entered this country illegally, belonged to a 13-year-old girl. Schwartz said she also learned the housekeeper had been using the child's Social Security number since 2000, when the child was 8.
Turyk-Wawrynowicz continued the deception for as long as she did because the girl and her family were unaware of any misuse of the child's identity since the teen does not work or pay taxes, Schwartz said.
Schwartz said Department of Homeland Security officials, with whom she met Thursday, have no record of Turyk-Wawrynowicz being in this country. Nevertheless, she said, the housekeeper was somehow able to get Social Security and alien work cards in her own name in 2004. Those provided the second set of numbers she used.
"She created this house of cards of identity theft and fraudulent documents," Schwartz told Soloff.
Schwartz said that while documents the housekeeper got from federal agencies might have been obtained by fraud, that is a matter for federal authorities.
Frank Mainiero, the defendant's lawyer, called the new case against his client a "vendetta" because of the celebrities involved. He asked the judge to release Turyk-Wawrynowicz without additional bail.
Mainiero said outside court, "This is piling on in a case
where, if there were not celebrities involved, this would have been
Maid charged in theft of diamond, other jewelry
People paid her to clean their houses. But once inside, police say, she helped herself to a little extra compensation and pawned it or buried it in her back yard. Investigators tracked pawned jewelry to as far away as Chicago to piece together their case against Kelly Shell, operator of Maid Easy Cleaning Service.
Ms. Shell, 38, of Anderson Township, has been indicted on five counts of felony theft. She is accused of taking more than $37,000 worth of jewelry, including a 2-carat diamond ring. The alleged serial thefts began to unravel when one client called police to report she suspected her cleaning lady of stealing some jewelry, Cincinnati Police Detective Mike Phillips said.
The client then decided to check with some other people who hired the same service, he said, and that turned up more suspicious clients and more missing jewelry. That led Detectives Phillips and Tina Ziegler to pawn shops in Amelia and Springdale, where stolen items were found, and to a Florence store where some items were sold, he said.
The Springdale shop had sent the diamond ring, pawned for $3,000, to be repaired in Chicago, but it has since been returned to its owner. Ms. Shell admitted to the thefts in stages, Detective Phillips said, first denying some but then leading them to a package wrapped in duct tape that she had buried under a back-yard shed. Ms. Shell also is accused of taking a blank prescription pad from a physician's home. Police are investigating some prescriptions written on the stolen pad. She faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
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