Brooke Rinehart

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Heather Brooke Rinehart is an American woman who works in public relations.[1] She is best known for describing the shock of her arrest, and learning her husband had used her identity to steal $200000 from his employer.

Rinehart lost her matrimonial home and most of her personal belonging, and spent 90 days under house arrest, while awaiting her preliminary hearing.[1] While the press assumed that since he had used her name she was a partner in her husband's fraud, her parents and many of her friends t were very supportive. After the charges against her were dropped at her preliminary hearing Rinehart wrote an essay for The New York TimesTemplate:'s Modern Love column, "Sharing the Shame After My Arrest" describing the love her mother showed her.

The Essay was widely republished. Eight years after the essays original publication, Actress Anna Chlumsky recorded a podcast for The New York Times, reading it aloud.[2]

Personal life

Rinehart grew up in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.[3] She earned bachelor of science degrees in communication and sociology at Boston University.

Rinehart worked in public relations in New York City, following her graduation.[3]

Rinehart married John Bzdil III on September 15, 2007.[3]

On November 25, 2007, the Chicago Tribune used Rinehart and Bzdil as an example of young city dwellers who wanted to return to rural living.[4]

Husband's fraud




  1. 1.0 1.1 Brooke Rinehart (2011-04-10). "Sharing the Shame After My Arrest". The New York Times: p. ST6. Retrieved 2019-04-14. "When the indictment was unsealed, I learned that my dear husband had, in the simplest terms, used my identity to embezzle tens of thousands of dollars from his workplace, among other crimes. His using my identity made it look as if I was involved. I wasn’t." 
  2. Brooke Rinehart, Daniel Jones (2019-04-10). "Anna Chlumsky reads 'Sharing the Shame After My Arrest'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-04-14. "Ms. Rinehart works in public relations in New York. Stay tuned after the reading to hear more from her, Ms. Chlumsky and the Modern Love editor Daniel Jones." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Milestones: John Bzdil III & Brooke Rinehart". Pocono Record. 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2019-04-14. "The bride is a graduate of Stroudsburg High School and Boston University, where she received bachelor of science degrees in communication and sociology. She is employed as a PR account director in Manhattan, N.Y." 
  4. Carolyn Bigda (2007-11-25). "Suburban living appeals to some young homeowners". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-04-14. "Brooke Rinehart and her husband, John Bzdil, always talked about moving from their New York apartment to their home state of Pennsylvania--someday." 
  5. Christine Choi (2009-01-23). "Couple Arrested for $200 Thousand Fraud Against CU". Columbia Spectator. Retrieved 2019-04-14. 
  6. Bruce Golding (2008-12-11). "‘PILFERING’ PROF & WIFE ARRESTED". New York Post. Retrieved 2019-04-14. "A former Columbia University scientist and his wife were arrested yesterday on charges they bilked the school out of more than $200,000 to pay for their wedding and an online shopping spree."