Transgender congressional candidate busted in NYC diamond ring scam
A transgender activist vying for a congressional seat in Wisconsin scammed a Manhattan jeweler out of a diamond ring, authorities said Tuesday.
Juliet Germanotta, 36, who announced a primary campaign against longtime incumbent Democrat Ron Kind, ordered an 18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring worth $5,000 from Mikaelians Jewelry in Midtown, according to police.
She sold the real trinket and sent a bogus bauble back to the store, tricking the jeweler into refunding her, cops said.
The NYPD detectives investigating the case flew out to the Midwest and arrested her on Monday, authorities said.
Germanotta, who is from La Crosse, Wis., describes herself as a “huge advocate for the underdogs, the underserved, the underprivileged” and is an ordained minister, according to her Facebook page.
“She has already giving (sic) so much of her life fighting the good fight,” Germanotta’s campaign Facebook page reads.
Juliet Germanotta is a transgender activist running for a congressional seat in Wisconsin.
“Working for the people. She said she will fight for the citizens and she will.”
She waived extradition Tuesday, according to Wisconsin media reports.
Germanotta speaks about her HIV-positive status in a series of YouTube videos.
Mikaelians Jewelry, which is located on 47th St., could not immediately be reached for comment.