"He [the friend] basically locked money away for her should this ever happen so she will have money when she comes out of it," Assistant District Attorney Charles Linehan said, according to a transcript of the Feb. 23 arraignment obtained by DNAinfo.
Gristina reportedly has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr and various rescue animals.
"We are just a great family ... and my wife means everything to me," Gorr told the New York Daily News as he exited his wife's hearing today. "I feel heartbroken."
Gristina was previously married to Dario Gristina, who is a candidate for New York State Assembly.
Her next court date is scheduled for May 3.