The Minnesota Court of Appeals released an opinion this week affirming previous court orders which determined that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is “voluntarily unemployed” and she can pay $215 per month to support her minor children. Grazzini-Rucki had appealed multiple court orders from 2018 involving the divorce proceedings with her ex-husband, David Rucki.
Grazzini-Rucki was convicted in 2016 on six counts of deprivation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters – Samantha and Gianna Rucki. Grazzini-Rucki hasn’t made any child support payments since 2015 to support her other minor children.
The opinion released Monday from the Minnesota Court of Appeals highlighted what other courts have documented: Grazzini-Rucki doesn’t follow court orders, she “wrongfully disseminating [David Rucki’s] financial information,” and she committed “fraud” in other court proceedings.
Grazzini-Rucki hasn’t made child support payments since 2015, but lives at a waterfront estate community in Florida
After being released from jail last year, Grazzini-Rucki moved back to her home in a waterfront estate community in Clearwater, Florida.
Last year Missing in Minnesota uncovered information based on public documents which established Grazzini-Rucki was living at a property described as “resort style living” with “spectacular, expansive water views.” The waterfront property features a spa, pool, sauna, a tiki bar, and marina with private boat slips.
It was later determined that despite repeated claims that she is “homeless” and “penniless” Grazzini-Rucki signed a lease in March 2016 to live at a waterfront estate community in Clearwater, Florida, according to the owner of the condominium where she has been living.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed previous decisions by a child support magistrate who found that Grazzini-Rucki “has the ability to pay the child support.” The child support magistrate also found “that Grazzini-Rucki could work 40 per week at Florida’s minimum wage.”
Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal activity and manipulation exposed in an award-winning book
For years Grazzini-Rucki has falsely claimed she is homeless and destitute in an attempt to manipulate public opinion and the legal system. In reality, Grazzini-Rucki had access to over $2 million from her family in the last decade, and the total amount of her current net worth is unknown.
Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal involvement in the disappearance of her daughters, along with her extensive manipulations are exposed in the award-winning book, The Girls Are Gone.
The book details the events which led to Grazzini-Rucki abducting her daughters on April 19, 2013, during a custody dispute with her ex-husband, David Rucki. On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.
Since being released The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award. Brodkorb and Mann announced in March that the third printing of their book had been ordered.