Ex-fiance’ accused of $2M jewelry theft: ‘I was set up’

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/pinellascounty/ex-fiance-accused-of-2m-jewelry-theft-i-was-set-up/257627275

The ex-fiancé accused of stealing more than $2 million in jewels from her former boyfriend’s Palm Harbor home insists it’s a setup. This, as Monday, the criminal case against Mary Hunt is moving forward in court.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life,” says Hunt through tears.

For the first time, Hunt tells 10News WTSP about the bitter battle that could cost her her freedom.

“Please stop you’re being violent!  Please stop you’re being violent,” says Hunt to Scott Mitchell in a video submitted as evidence in the federal lawsuit against Hunt and her parents.

Hunt says it’s the kind of violent outbursts she endured in her relationship with millionaire Mitchell.

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He’s seen ripping up her clothes on the driveway, “Please stop doing this Scott,” Hunt says.  “I bought you all these dresses, Mary,” says Mitchell.

She says he would kick her out of his Palm Harbor home that they shared, stop check payments on her bills, and accused her of writing worthless checks.

“He’s given her black eyes, physical abuse,” says Hunt’s attorney, Barry Cohen.

Then, the next minute, records show he’d send her loving texts and give her gifts.

Another video shows Mitchell in a store. “I took two Ambien, decided to go. I had an idea for a little romantic project I’m going to put together for Mary to tell her how much I love her,” Mitchell says in the video submitted as evidence in the federal lawsuit against Hunt and her parents.

“I believe he’s incapable of controlling his emotions, and when he doesn’t get what he wants he will go to any lengths to get it,” Hunt tells 10News.

Hunt says after she called off their Cayman wedding, Mitchell accused her of swiping hundreds of necklaces, gold rings, diamonds and other jewelry from his vault, and mailing it to her parents’ home out of state.  She claims she and her mom sent a package with only some of her personal belongings, computers, and costume jewelry.

“No, I did not take $2 million in jewelry,” Hunt says.

But when investigators arrested her, she claims Mitchell didn’t let up.  “Printing T-shirts of my mugshot and posting them for sale on social media,” says Hunt.

“All of his vindictive, abhorrent, psychopathic behavior is going to come out,” says Hunt’s attorney, Barry Cohen.

Cohen questions in the high-tech home why there’s not video of Hunt making off with the jewels.  He’s fighting the criminal charge against her.

“We have confidence in the case, complete confidence in that case,” says attorney Todd Foster, who is representing Mitchell in the federal suit.  Foster is suing Mary and her parents for triple the jewelry’s value, $6 million.

When asked who Foster believes is the victim in the case he replies, “Scott Mitchell.  If you believe what’s been put forth by them, you need to wait and see our response.”

That response in the federal suit could come as early as Tuesday.

The criminal case will be back in Pinellas Court in August.

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