Zimmerman MMA Trainer Adam Pollock Was Arrested For Attacking Woman Who Defrauded Him
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) trainer Adam Pollock provided key testimony in defense of accused murderer George Zimmerman on Monday, but was due in court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing stemming from his own arrest. In a bizarre coincidence, just one day after providing an in-courtroom demonstration of MMA techniques, with Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara as his “opponent,” Pollock was due in court over a March, 2013 arrest for allegedly assaulting Tina Mangiardi, a former model who agreed to plead guilty in a scheme to defraud investors of $2 million in a Ponzi scheme.
Fifty year-old Tina Mangiardi signed a statement, in March, admitting that she “fraudulently obtained between $2,500,000 and $7,000,000 from investors” (one of whom was Adam Pollock), and agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for lenient sentencing. Shortly after making the deal, Mangiardi went to Adam Pollock’s gym, and things didn’t go well. From WFTV:
Surveillance video obtained by Channel 9 shows Mangiardi, an admitted con artist, pulling into the parking lot of Kokopelli’s.
She told police she was going there to pay a debt she owed to Pollock, but Mangiardi said once she was inside the gym, Pollock put on a pair of black gloves and pulled out a knife, threatening to cut off her fingers and toes as collateral.
A camera at a nearby business caught Mangiardi running out of the gym asking workers there to call police.
Pollock admitted to police he did push Mangiardi and that he may have slapped her. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 9 at 9 a.m.
About a week after allegedly being attacked by Pollock , Mangiardi withdrew from her plea deal:
It wasn’t immediately clear why Mangiardi changed her plea at the hearing. She faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted. Under the original plea agreement, which had not been agreed to by a judge, prosecutors agreed they would not oppose a punishment at the low end of sentencing guide-lines.
Federal Magistrate David Baker allowed Mangiardi to remain free on $100,000 bail if she met certain conditions, which included the surrender of her passport, wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, no travel outside the court’s district, no financial transactions greater than $500 and no construction bid-bond transactions, court records showed.
However, following the hearing, Mangiardi was arrested on a contempt of court charge by Orlando police and booked into the Orange County Jail, according to jail records.
Here’s the March 14 report on Pollock’s arrest, which includes a sign for the gym Zimmerman attended, Kokopelli’s, which reads “No Holds Barred Fighting.” The report also, ironically, includes a prop-aided demonstration, by reporter Karla Ray, of the weaponry that Pollock was alleged to have used to threaten Mangiardi. From WFTV Channel 9:
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