The maid-to-the-stars accused of ripping off five wealthy clients — including Robert De Niro's (search) wife and Candice Bergen (search) — was sprung from jail Thursday after her bail money passed a judge's white-glove test.
The allegedly mendacious maid screamed her husband's name — "Jaroslaw!" — and sobbingly hugged and kissed him during their courthouse-lobby reunion last night.
Then, the lovebirds donned matching black sunglasses and left, hand in hand, for the subway. "I'm happy to see my husband," was all Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz (search) would tell reporters. "I don't want to say anything — not right now."
Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, is due back in Manhattan Supreme Court next week on charges she lifted clothes, shoes and jewelry from her clients — along with their credit cards, which she allegedly used to purchase still more clothes, shoes and jewelry.
Cops say a search of the Polish immigrant's Middle Village, Queens, apartment turned up a brown suede coat belonging to Bergen, and a pair of $95,000 diamond earrings that De Niro gave his wife, Grace Hightower (search), for their wedding.
Turyk-Wawrynowicz has been in jail since the broom-ha-ha hit in late June, and a judge set her bail at $75,000.
Within days of his wife's arrest, Jaroslaw tried to post the cash, using mostly his own savings. But Jaroslaw withdrew the cash after Manhattan prosecutor Anne Schwartz raised questions about the money's provenance.
Especially suspicious was that the couple reported $32,000 income in 1998, and then added $103,000 in large cash deposits to their bank accounts within the next year.
But yesterday, Justice James Yates allowed Jaroslaw to post a new bail package consisting mostly of small donations from eight fellow immigrant Poles from their neighborhood — despite prosecutors' continued suspicions.
"Something is going on, here," Schwartz complained in court Thursday. She noted that many of the maid's eight benefactors had never met her, had no idea when they'd get their money back, and never asked for interest or collateral.
This, despite several of them having wiped out their savings to help Turyk-Wawrynowicz — including a nursing home worker who turned over $10,000, leaving himself only $89 in the bank.
Schwartz said she believed that the eight were merely reposting Jaroslaw's funny money — in effect, laundering it.
"You may be right," the judge responded. "You may be wrong. The question for me is, is there evidence or is this speculation?" Lacking any hard proof of a deception, the judge OK'd the cash, and Turyk-Wawrynowicz was sprung.