Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who was convicted of six felonies in 2016 for her role in the disappearance of her daughters, pleaded no-contest last December to selling alcohol to someone under the age of 21 in Clearwater, Florida.
According to public court documents, Grazzini-Rucki was working at the Brown Boxer – North Beach on November 10, 2021, when she served a White Claw alcoholic beverage to a person under 21. Grazzini-Rucki admitted not to verify that the person was over 21 and was issued an ordinance violation by the Clearwater Police Department. She was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $500.
Grazzini-Rucki moved back to Florida in 2018 while still on probation related to her criminal conviction. She has maintained a low profile, aside from random threats through social media about coming back to Minnesota. Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters have long held that she is homeless and destitute.
Still, public court documents establish her employment and list an active driver’s license, address, and phone number.
Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal activity and court manipulation exposed in an award-winning book
For years Grazzini-Rucki has falsely claimed she is homeless and needy 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 in October 2018, 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. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by Amazon. The Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.
In October 2019, Brodkorb and Mann released an audiobook of The Girls Are Gone, which was produced at Studio Americana. The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in audiobook, paperback, and ebook.
Allison Mann contributed to this story.
Picture: “Homeless, penniless” Sandra Grazzini-Rucki signs a receipt for drinks about a cruise ship while her daughters were missing.